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Jennifer Gabrys

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Department Sociology
Email j.gabrys (@gold.ac.uk)
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Jennifer Gabrys

Jennifer Gabrys is Reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Principal Investigator on Citizen Sense, a project funded by the European Research Council (2013-2017). Her research investigates environments, material processes and digital technologies through theoretical and practice-based work

Her books include a techno-geographical investigation of environmental sensing, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2016); and a material-political analysis of electronic waste, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Together with Gay Hawkins and Mike Michael, she has co-edited an interdisciplinary collection on plastics, Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic (Routledge, 2013).

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. 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. While in Montreal, she was also Researcher in Residence at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology, where she focused on archives from Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). Her work can be found at citizensense.net and jennifergabrys.net.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Communication Studies, McGill University (2007)
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1999)
  • BA, (summa cum laude), Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1996)

Teaching

Gabrys wrote (2007-2008) and convened (2009-2012) the MA in Design and Environment, and she contributed to BA studio and context courses (2006-2008) in Design at Goldsmiths. She has contributed to courses on the MA in Visual Sociology, and BA courses in urban sociology in Sociology at Goldsmiths.

Areas of supervision

Gabrys supervises PhD student work across digital media and digital sociology, environmental studies and environmental geography, science and technology studies, and creative practice.

Featured work

Awards, grants and fellowships

Visiting Research Fellow (summer 2016). Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.

Citizen Sense. European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2013-2017): Principal Investigator.

Sustainability Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-Designing Communities and Practice. Economic and Social Research Council (2011-2013): Co-Investigator (with Bill Gaver, PI; Mike Michael, CI).

Publications

Book

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

Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2011. Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-11761-1

Airdrop
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2004. Airdrop. London: Bookworks. ISBN 1870699726

Edited Book

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

Edited Journal

Practicing, Materializing and Contesting Environmental Data
Gabrys, Jennifer and Calvillo, Nerea, eds. 2016. Practicing, Materializing and Contesting Environmental Data, Big Data & Society, 3(2). 2053-9517

Book Section

Citizen Sensing, Environmental Monitoring, and “Media” as Practice in the Making
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Citizen Sensing, Environmental Monitoring, and “Media” as Practice in the Making. In: Jentery Sayers, ed. The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Routledge. ISBN 1138844306

Afterword: Reverse Executions in the Internet of Things
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Afterword: Reverse Executions in the Internet of Things. In: Helen Pritchard; Eric Snodgrass and Magda Tyzlik-Carver, eds. Executing Practices. Brooklyn: Autonomedia. ISBN 9781570273216

Air Walk: Monitoring Pollution and Experimenting with Speculative Forms of Participation
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Air Walk: Monitoring Pollution and Experimenting with Speculative Forms of Participation. In: Charlotte Bates and Alex Rhys-Taylor, eds. Walking Through Social Research. Routledge. ISBN 1138674044

Monitoring and Remediating a Garbage Patch
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Monitoring and Remediating a Garbage Patch. In: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent; Alfred Nordmann; Astrid Schwarz and Sacha Loeve, eds. Research Objects in their Technological Setting. London: Routledge, pp. 201-214. ISBN 1848935846

Sensing Practices
Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2017. Sensing Practices. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury.

Digital Rubbish
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Digital Rubbish. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury.

Sensing the Air and Experimenting with Environmental Citizenship
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Sensing the Air and Experimenting with Environmental Citizenship. In: Joost Raessens; Sybille Lammes; Rene Glas and Michiel de Lange, eds. The Playful Citizen: Power, Creativity, Knowledge. Amsterdam University Press.

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

Becoming Civic: Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies
Gabrys, Jennifer; Pritchard, Helen; Calvillo, Nerea; Keene, Tom and Shapiro, Nick. 2016. Becoming Civic: Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies. In: Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, eds. Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 435-440. ISBN 0262034271

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

Speculating with Organisms in the Plastisphere
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Speculating with Organisms in the Plastisphere. In: Pinar Yoldas, ed. An Ecosystem of Excess. Berlin: Ernst Schering Foundation, pp. 48-59. ISBN 3942700484

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

Introduction: From Materiality to Plasticity
Gabrys, Jennifer; Hawkins, Gay and Michael, Mike. 2013. Introduction: From Materiality to Plasticity. In: Jennifer Gabrys; Gay Hawkins and Mike Michael, eds. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London: Routledge, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1

Shipping and Receiving: The Social Death of Electronics
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2013. Shipping and Receiving: The Social Death of Electronics. In: John Scanlan and John Clark, eds. Aesthetic Fatigue: Modernity and the Language of Waste. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 274-297. ISBN 978-1-4438-4912-8

Ecological Observatories: Fluctuating Sites and Sensing Subjects
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2013. Ecological Observatories: Fluctuating Sites and Sensing Subjects. In: Laura Beloff; Erich Berger and Terike Haapoja, eds. Field_Notes: Field and Laboratory as Sites for Art & Science Practices. Helsinki: Finnish Society of Bioart, pp. 178-187. ISBN 978-952-93-2313-5

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

Telepathically urban
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

Paper Mountains, Disposable Cities
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2006. Paper Mountains, Disposable Cities. In: Ken Ehrlich and Brandon Labelle, eds. Surface Tension Supplement No. 1. Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, pp. 130-139. ISBN 978-0-9772594-0-3

Media in the dump
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2006. Media in the dump. In: John Knechtel, ed. Trash. (11) Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 156-165. ISBN 0-262-11301-5

Motor Chorus: Spatializing an Automotive City
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2003. Motor Chorus: Spatializing an Automotive City. In: Brandon Labelle and Ken Ehrlich, eds. Surface Tension. Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, pp. 245-254. ISBN 0965557049

Article

Making Worlds at the End of the World
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Making Worlds at the End of the World. Dialogues in Human Geography, ISSN 2043-8206

Just Good Enough Data: Figuring Data Citizenships through Air Pollution Sensing and Data Stories
Gabrys, Jennifer; Pritchard, Helen and Barratt, Benjamin. 2016. Just Good Enough Data: Figuring Data Citizenships through Air Pollution Sensing and Data Stories. Big Data & Society, 3(2), pp. 1-14. ISSN 2053-9517

Practicing, Materialising and Contesting Environmental Data (Introduction to Special Issue)
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Practicing, Materialising and Contesting Environmental Data (Introduction to Special Issue). Big Data & Society, 3(2), pp. 1-7. ISSN 2053-9517

From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution
Pritchard, Helen and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution. Geohumanities, ISSN 2373-566X

Citizen Sensing: Recasting Digital Ontologies through Proliferating Practices
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Citizen Sensing: Recasting Digital Ontologies through Proliferating Practices. Cultural Anthropology, ISSN 0886-7356

For the World, Not of the World (a review of Isabelle Stengers' Thinking with Whitehead)
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. For the World, Not of the World (a review of Isabelle Stengers' Thinking with Whitehead). Metascience, 23(3), pp. 513-516. ISSN 0815-0796

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.

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

Becoming urban: sitework from a moss-eye view
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2012. Becoming urban: sitework from a moss-eye view. Environment and Planning A, 44(12), pp. 2922-2939. ISSN 0308-518X

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

Climate change and the imagination
Yusoff, Kathryn and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2011. Climate change and the imagination. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2(4), pp. 516-534.

Sink: the dirt of systems
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2009. Sink: the dirt of systems. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 27(4), pp. 666-681. ISSN 0263-7758

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

Bear Life
Gabrys, Jennifer and Yusoff, Kathryn. 2007. Bear Life. Focas: Forum on Contemporary Art and Society, Vol. 6, pp. 66-83. ISSN 978-981-05-8681-2

Time Lapses: Robert Smithson’s Mobile Landscapes
Yusoff, Kathryn and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2006. Time Lapses: Robert Smithson’s Mobile Landscapes. Cultural Geographies, 13(3), pp. 444-450. ISSN 1474-4740

The Quick and the Dirty: Ephemeral Systems in Silicon Valley
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2006. The Quick and the Dirty: Ephemeral Systems in Silicon Valley. Thresholds, 31, pp. 26-31.

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

Leaflet Drop: The Paper Landscapes of War
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2004. Leaflet Drop: The Paper Landscapes of War. Invisible Culture, 7, ISSN 1097-3710

Conference or Workshop Item

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'. In: Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 - Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data Proceedings of the Workshop. Barcelona, Spain October 28-30 October, 2015.

Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data
Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2015. 'Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data'. In: Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 - Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data. Barcelona, Spain 28 - 30 Oct. 2015.

Noise and Contamination in the Information City
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2003. 'Noise and Contamination in the Information City'. In: Visual Knowledges Conference Proceedings. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2003.

Energy Babble: Design Interventions for Energy Reduction Communities
Gabrys, Jennifer; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Wilkie, Alex and Ovalle, Liliana. 'Energy Babble: Design Interventions for Energy Reduction Communities'. In: EASST/4S 2012. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 17-20 Oct 2012.

Printed Ephemera

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.

Project

'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.

Show/Exhibition

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.

Feral Experimental
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.

Energy Babble
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Energy Babble. In: "A Sense of Energy", The White Building, London, United Kingdom, 26 Jun - 28 Jun 2014.

Energy Babble
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Energy Babble. In: "A Sense of Energy", The Senedd, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2014.

Forecast factory: snow globes exhibition
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2008. Forecast factory: snow globes exhibition. In: "Bipolar: exhibition and book launch", Society of Antiquaries, United Kingdom.

Other

Sensing Air and Generating Worlds of Data
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Sensing Air and Generating Worlds of Data. Technosphere Magazine, HKW.

A continent. inter-view
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. A continent. inter-view. continent.

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