Jennifer Gabrys

Staff details

Position Professor
Department Sociology
Email j.gabrys (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7781
Twitter @citizen_sense
Jennifer Gabrys

Jennifer Gabrys is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Principal Investigator on Citizen Sense and AirKit, two projects funded by the European Research Council. Her research investigates environments, digital technologies and citizen participation 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).

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 has contributed to courses on the MA in Visual Sociology, and BA courses in urban sociology in Sociology at Goldsmiths. She has supervised MA students in Critical & Creative Analysis, Cities & Society, and Visual Sociology.

Areas of supervision

Gabrys supervises PhD student work across science and technology studies (STS), digital media and digital sociology, environmental sociology, urban sociology, and practice-based research.

Featured work

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. "Citizen Sensing, Air Pollution and Fracking: From ‘Caring about Your Air’ to Speculative Practices of Evidencing Harm." Sociological Review, 65(2) ("Care and Policy" monograph series), 172-192. 

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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), 1-14.  

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. “Programming Environments: Environmentality and Citizen Sensing in the Smart City.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32(1), 30-48.

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2011. Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Awards, grants and fellowships

AirKit. European Research Council Proof of Concept (PoC) grant (2018-2019): Principal Investigator.

Citizen Sense. European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2013-2018): Principal Investigator.

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

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

 

 

Publications

Book

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

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

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

Edited Book

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

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

Book Section

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2018. Environmental Sensing and “Media” as Practice in the Making. In: Jentery Sayers, ed. The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 1138844306

Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2018. Sensing Practices. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350030244

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2018. Digital Rubbish. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350030244

Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2017. Just Good Enough Data and Citizen Sensing. In: Claudia Göbel; Gaia Agnello and Katrin Vohland, eds. European Stakeholder Round Table on Citizen and DIY Science and Responsible Research and Innovation. Doing-it-Together Science Report. Berlin: European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), pp. 7-8.

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

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

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

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Sensing the Air and Experimenting with Environmental Citizenship. In: Rene Glas; Sybille Lammes; Michiel de Lange; Joost Raessens and Imar de Vries, eds. The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 175-194. ISBN 9789462984523

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pritchard, Helen; Gabrys, Jennifer and Houston, Lara. 2018. Re-Calibrating DIY: Testing Participation across Digital Sensors, Fry Pans and Environmental Media. New Media & Society, 20(12), pp. 4533-4552. ISSN 1461-4448

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2018. Making Worlds at the End of the World [Book Review]. Dialogues in Human Geography, 8(1), pp. 61-63. ISSN 2043-8206

Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2018. Just Good Enough Data and Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks toward Citizen Action. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 13, pp. 4-14.

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Citizen Sensing, Air Pollution and Fracking: From ‘Caring about Your Air’ to Speculative Practices of Evidencing Harm. Sociological Review, 65(2), pp. 172-192. ISSN 0081-1769

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

Pritchard, Helen and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution. Geohumanities, 2(2), pp. 354-371. ISSN 2373-566X

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

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

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

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. ISSN 0263-7758

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. A Cosmopolitics of Energy: Diverging Materialities and Hesitating Practices. Environment and Planning A, 46(9), pp. 2095-2109. ISSN 0308-518X

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

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2012. Sensing an experimental forest: processing environments and distributing relations. Computational Culture, 2, online. ISSN 2047-2390

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

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

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

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2007. Automatic sensation: environmental sensors in the digital city. The Senses & Society, 2(2), pp. 189-200. ISSN 1745-8927

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

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

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

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2005. Machines fall apart: failure in art and technology. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 13(4), online. ISSN 1071-4391

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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.

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

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

Printed Ephemera

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

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

Gabrys, Jennifer; Pritchard, Helen and Houston, Lara. 2017. Urban Sensing. In: "Citizen Sense (Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Lara Houston). "Urban Sensing". As part of the exhibition and events for "The New Observatory", organised by Sam Skinner and Hannah Redler (ODI), (2017)", FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 22 June - 1 October 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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

Other

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

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

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