Science and technology studies, digital media, materiality, environments and environmental change, urbanism, creative practice, participation, inventive methods
Jennifer is currently Principal Investigator on the European Research Council starting grant, 'Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice: Assessing Participatory Engagements with Environments through Sensor Technologies.' Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, she was Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the MA in Design and Environment in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed a PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, during which time she was engaged as a research fellow on the Culture of Cities and Digital Cities / Mobile Digital Commons projects.
Areas of supervision
Jennifer's research student supervision is located in the following broadly defined areas: environments and creative practice; digital media and social media; citizen sensing; waste and materialities; urban political ecologies and cultural geography; environmental change and climate change; transdisciplinarity and emerging modes of practice.
Presentations and exhibitions
30 January 2013 - Depletion Design, invited panel discussant, Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
5-7 December 2012 - Digital Materiality in the Smart City, invited speaker for ‘Media Places: Infrastructure, Space, Media,’ HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden
25-28 October 2012 - Sensing and Remediating a Garbage Patch, invited seminar contributor and discussant for ‘Genesis and Ontology of Technoscientific Objects,’ co-organized by University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne and TU Darmstadt; hosted in Pont-à-Mousson, France
22 October 2012 - Sensing an Experimental Forest, invited speaker for Computational Culture launch event, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
25 August 2012 - Ecological Observatories, Fluctuating Sites and Sensing Subjects, invited speaker for ‘Sense of Planet: The Arts and Ecology at Earth Magnitude,’ National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
23 August 2012 - Programming Environments: Politics and Practices of Urban Sensing, invited speaker for the Digital Media Research Seminar, co-hosted by the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia
25-27 June 2012 - Citizen Science and the Politics of Sensing, invited speaker for ‘The Citizen Scientist on the Move: Digital Play, Politics and Epistemology,’ University of Utrecht and Waag Society Amsterdam, Netherlands
24-25 May 2012 - Materiality as Process: The Case of Electronic Waste, invited speaker for the Ecology, Environment, Culture Network (EECN), an international interdisciplinary research network on media, technology and environment, Trondheim University, Norway
12 May 2012 - The Art of Gathering Environmental Data, invited plenary speaker for Pixelache, Helsinki, Finland
10 May 2012 - Remaking Electronic Waste: Materiality, Process and Creative Intervention, invited speaker for Trashlab, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
18-19 January 2012 - Materializing the Dirt of Electronic Energy, invited presentation for ‘The Invisible Seminar,’ Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
25 October 2011 - Bluebottle Flies, Biodegradability and Urban Matter, invited speaker for ‘Insect City,’ hosted by Urban Laboratory, University College London, held at Fritz Haeg’s ‘Animal Estates’ exhibition, Arup phase 2, London, UK
21 June 2011 - Material Politics: Plastic, Carbon, and the Work of the Biodegradable, presentation for ‘Accumulation: The Material Ecologies and Economies of Plastic’ seminar presentation, co-organized by Jennifer Gabrys, Mike Michael (Goldsmiths / CSISP), and Gay Hawkins (University of Queensland); hosted at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
16 March 2011 - Life in the City, invited speaker for Department of Architecture seminar series, University of Sheffield, UK
28 January 2011 - Moss-Eye View: Life under the Radar,’ invited speaker for ‘Life Itself,’ Visual Cultures conference and MA workshop, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
10 March 2010 - Dirt, invited speaker for ‘Object Fair,’ Design and Social Science Seminar, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
7 April 2009 - Arts, Sciences and Researching Environmental Change, invited speaker with Kathryn Yusoff / Weather Permitting for AHRC Living with Environmental Change seminar, London, UK
Jennifer’s research and practice investigates environments, material processes and digital technologies through theoretical and practice-based work. Projects within this area include Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which examines the materialities of electronic waste; and a study currently underway on environmental sensor technologies and practices, Program Earth: Environment as Experiment in Sensing Technology.
She is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC / RCUK Energy Programme-funded project, Energy and Co-Designing Communities. This study, which is a collaboration with Mike Michael, Bill Gaver and the Interaction Research Studio, investigates how new technologies might be designed to engage communities in rethinking energy consumption.
Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-9314-6
Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic
Gabrys, Jennifer; Hawkins, Gay and Michael, Mike, eds. 2013. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1
Re-Thingifying the Internet of Things
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Re-Thingifying the Internet of Things. In: Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker, eds. Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 180-195. ISBN 9781138014060
Powering the Digital: From Energy Ecologies to Electronic Environmentalism
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Powering the Digital: From Energy Ecologies to Electronic Environmentalism. In: Richard Maxwell; Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg, eds. Media and the Ecological Crisis. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 3-18. ISBN 978-0-415-70923-1
Plastic and the work of the biodegradable
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2013. Plastic and the work of the biodegradable. In: Jennifer Gabrys; Gay Hawkins and Mike Michael, eds. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 208-227. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1
Atmospheres of communication
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2010. Atmospheres of communication. In: Barbara Crow; Michael Longford and Kim Sawchuk, eds. The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices, and Poetics of Mobile Media. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 46-59. ISBN 978-0802098931
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2010. Telepathically urban. In: Alexandra Boutros and Will Straw, eds. Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 48-63. ISBN 9780773536647
Forecast factory: snow globes and weather makers
Gabrys, Jennifer and Yusoff, Kathryn. 2008. Forecast factory: snow globes and weather makers. In: Kathryn Yusoff, ed. Bipolar. London: Arts Catalyst, pp. 62-66. ISBN 9780953454662
Just Good Enough Data and Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks toward Citizen Action
Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2016. Just Good Enough Data and Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks toward Citizen Action. Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 - Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data Proceedings of the Workshop,
A Cosmopolitics of Energy: Diverging Materialities and Hesitating Practices
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. A Cosmopolitics of Energy: Diverging Materialities and Hesitating Practices. Environment and Planning A, 46(9), pp. 2095-2109. ISSN 0308-518X
Programming environments: environmentality and citizen sensing in the smart city
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Programming environments: environmentality and citizen sensing in the smart city. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(1), pp. 30-48.
Sensing an experimental forest: processing environments and distributing relations
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2012. Sensing an experimental forest: processing environments and distributing relations. Computational Culture, 2, online. ISSN 2047-2390
Arts, sciences and climate change: practices and politics at the threshold
Gabrys, Jennifer and Yusoff, Kathryn. 2012. Arts, sciences and climate change: practices and politics at the threshold. Science as Culture, 21(1), pp. 1-24. ISSN 0950-5431
Automatic sensation: environmental sensors in the digital city
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2007. Automatic sensation: environmental sensors in the digital city. The Senses & Society, 2(2), pp. 189-200. ISSN 1745-8927
Machines fall apart: failure in art and technology
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2005. Machines fall apart: failure in art and technology. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 13(4), online. ISSN 1071-4391
Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Cameron, David; Jarvis, Nadine; Gabrys, Jennifer; Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike and Wilkie, Alex. 2010. Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice.
'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS
Savransky, Martin; Gabrys, Jennifer; Rosengarten, Marsha and Wilkie, Alex. 2014. 'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS.
Experimental Thinking / Design Practices
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2015. Experimental Thinking / Design Practices. In: "Experimental Thinking / Design Practices", Griffith University Art Gallery, Australia.
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Feral Experimental. In: "Feral Experimental", UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia.