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The research landscape of ICT for sustainability: harnessing digital technology for sustainable development


Rugeviciute, Aiste; Courboulay, Vincent; Hilty, Lorenz (2023). The research landscape of ICT for sustainability: harnessing digital technology for sustainable development. In: 2023 International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S), Rennes, France, 5 June 2023 - 9 June 2023. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 97-107.

Abstract

Within the growing debate about sustainability issues, a variety of research communities emerged to connect the fields of sustainable development and ICT. Each of them addresses the link between sustainable development and digital technologies from a slightly different angle. However, the overlaps and blurred boundaries in the scope of research exist. Taking “Doughnut economics” as a foundation and inspired by the LES model, we propose a new conceptual framework to structure the ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) research landscape. The new model encompasses both environmental and social effects in line with socio-ecological systems thinking. We go one step further and propose to incorporate a decision-making dimension to represent the research of the governance, strategies and policies with respect to ICT effects. We proceed by exploring how this framework could be used to position research fields and communities according to their scope of interest and, by doing so, find synergies between research communities and within the ICT4S landscape. Our aim is to contribute in creating tools to foster dialogue and bridge fragmented research fields and communities interested in ICT impacts on sustainable development.

Abstract

Within the growing debate about sustainability issues, a variety of research communities emerged to connect the fields of sustainable development and ICT. Each of them addresses the link between sustainable development and digital technologies from a slightly different angle. However, the overlaps and blurred boundaries in the scope of research exist. Taking “Doughnut economics” as a foundation and inspired by the LES model, we propose a new conceptual framework to structure the ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) research landscape. The new model encompasses both environmental and social effects in line with socio-ecological systems thinking. We go one step further and propose to incorporate a decision-making dimension to represent the research of the governance, strategies and policies with respect to ICT effects. We proceed by exploring how this framework could be used to position research fields and communities according to their scope of interest and, by doing so, find synergies between research communities and within the ICT4S landscape. Our aim is to contribute in creating tools to foster dialogue and bridge fragmented research fields and communities interested in ICT impacts on sustainable development.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Artificial Intelligence
Physical Sciences > Computer Networks and Communications
Physical Sciences > Computer Science Applications
Physical Sciences > Hardware and Architecture
Physical Sciences > Information Systems
Social Sciences & Humanities > Information Systems and Management
Physical Sciences > Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainable Development, ICT4S research landscape, LES model, Doughnut economics, digitalization.
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Event End Date:9 June 2023
Deposited On:09 Feb 2024 11:17
Last Modified:06 Mar 2024 14:41
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Series Name:Proceedings International Conference on ICT for Sustainability
ISBN:979-8-3503-1109-9
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/ICT4S58814.2023.00019
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:24402
  • Content: Accepted Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)