Ethics of Design that changes behaviour

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Feb 10, 2009, 7:56:46 AM2/10/09
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Hi All

My focus on design for behaviour change is mostly around whether (and
how) policy makers (who are eager to discover methods of encouraging
behaviour change) can make use of it - which makes the ethics debate

I've written a blog post about the ethical issues, and would be really
pleased to hear from any of you who have an opinion, or are aware of
any more up to date work on ethics of design for behaviour change.

Here's the link:

All the best,

Jamie Young

Debra Lilley

Feb 12, 2009, 6:59:32 AM2/12/09
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Hello all, my name is Debra Lilley and I’m a Research Associate
working across the Department of Design and Technology and the
Ergonomics & Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Loughborough

Having completed a PhD investigating Design for Behavioural Change I
went on to develop ‘design-behaviour’ (, a website resource developed primarily to support
teaching in this field. More recently I’ve started working on “Carbon,
Control and Comfort: User-centred control systems for comfort, carbon
saving and energy management”, a three year collaborative research
project sponsored by E.On and EPSRC. The vision of the project is to
engage users in the design of control systems they like, that allow
them to create the comfort conditions they want, and which through
using the technology and fabric of their homes more effectively,
reduces their energy use.

Like Jamie I am also interested in exploring the ethical implications
of using design to influence more sustainable behaviour and am
currently engaged in research and teaching exploring methods/tools
which could assist design students in integrating ethical thinking
into their design processes, particularly when designing for
behavioural change.

Jamie – I’d certainly be interested in chatting to you about this

Best wishes,

Dan Lockton

Feb 12, 2009, 8:07:49 AM2/12/09
Hi Debra,

For your Carbon, Control and Comfort project, have you seen the central heating design exercise carried out by Rattle Research - and ?

Best wishes

2009/2/12 Debra Lilley <>


Feb 13, 2009, 2:59:55 PM2/13/09
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I caught wind of a conference in Syracuse, NY this summer around HCI.
Details below.

M. Ryan Calo
Residential Fellow
Center for Internet and Society
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

Work: (650) 736-8675

Call for Participation:

2009 Summer Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical

Systems: 11-15 June, 2009

At Syracuse University's Minnowbrook Conference Center, Blue Mountain
Lake, NY

Application screening begins 2 March, 2009

Eligibility: Doctoral students, Post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure
faculty at US-based institutions.

Notification: Late March, 2009

Cost: Most will be covered for accepted participants



A science of socio-technical systems is emerging from research in the
fields of HCI, social computing, social informatics, CSCW, sociology
of computing, and other domains. The Consortium for the Science of
Socio-Technical Systems (CSST) is a new organization devoted to
advancing research on socio-technical systems. Building on the success
of the 2008 Summer Research Institute, the CSST will, again, be
hosting a summer research institute for advanced doctoral students and
pre-tenure faculty in summer, 2009. A primary goal of the institute is
to build a new cohort of faculty and graduate students who are
interested in research on the design and interplay of technology and
humans at the level of individuals, groups, organizations, and larger
communities. Examples of this kind of work include research on:

* new forms of organizing (e.g., virtual organizations, massive online


* social computing (e.g., online communities, social network sites);

* distributed work (e.g., collaboratories, virtual teams and

* new technologies (e.g., recommender systems, prediction markets,
ubiquitous computing);

* novel forms of production (e.g., open source software, Wikipedia);

* new forms of expression and entertainment (e.g., blogs, wikis,
massive multiplayer online role-playing games); and

* information and communication technologies for developing regions
(e.g., cell phone-based applications to assist economic development,
infrastructure development for local economic action).

Institute faculty


With funding from the NSF, the institute will bring together a faculty
of distinguished scholars in the domain of socio-technical systems
with up to 30 campers, drawn from among advanced doctoral students,
post-doctoral fellows, and pre-tenure faculty conducting research on
socio-technical systems.

Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University, Director
Tom Finholt, University of Michigan, Co-Director
Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan
Bill Dutton, Oxford University
Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft Corporation
C. Suzanne Iacono, National Science Foundation
Wendy Kellogg, IBM
Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Tony Salvador, Intel Corporation
Suzanne Weisband, University of Arizona

Institute goals


The goals of the institute are to:

* Expand on and strengthen connections among the cohort of researchers
in this area, and build on the network of relations formed through the

2008 Summer Research Institute.

* Guide the work of the new researchers by having experts in socio-
technical systems research give advice.

* Provide encouragement and support for the selection of socio-
technical systems research topics.

* Illustrate the interrelationship and diversity of the field of socio-
technical systems research.

How the institute will be conducted


The institute will be conducted as a residential program at Syracuse
University's Minnowbrook Conference Center (

<>) with morning small group sessions
devoted to feedback on students' research, and evening group sessions
consisting of presentations by the institute faculty (e.g., work in
progress, instruction in new methods, instruction in new analytic
techniques) and moderated discussions (e.g., on career development,
how to obtain funding, publication strategies). Afternoons will be
reserved for informal activities, such as group outings and picnics.
Costs of participation, including travel, food and accommodations,
will be covered.

How to apply


The application process requires two parts:

1. A 300 word response to this question:

*How does your research advance our scientific understanding of socio-
technical systems?*

A few references, particularly if they are not to your own work, may
be helpful but are not required.

2. Your current curriculum vitae (as PDF or in a Word or WordPerfect

Please send this response as an attachment in a common word processor
format or as PDF of an email with the email subject being CSST'09
application to

Please ensure that you include your name, your current U.S.-based
institution and affiliation, an email address, and your status (PhD
candidate, post-doctoral scholar, pre-tenure faculty, or an
explanation of some other status) along with the response.

Please note that participation in this institute will be restricted to
those doctoral candidates who have proposed their dissertation at the
time of submission up through pre-tenure faculty who are at US
institutions. This includes post-doctoral scholars who are not in
tenure-track positions if they are less than five years from having
completed their doctorate.

** Selection and notification **

Participants will be chosen by a committee of the institute director,
associate director, and selected institute faculty. Selection will
reflect these criteria:

* Clear articulation of the research contribution to socio-technical
systems (theory, practice or design)

* Clear development of socio-technical concepts and principles
relative to your research interests and contribution.

Additional information:


For further information please visit

On Feb 12, 5:07 am, Dan Lockton <> wrote:
> Hi Debra,
> For your Carbon, Control and Comfort project, have you seen the central
> heating design exercise carried out by Rattle Research -
> Best wishes
> Dan
> 2009/2/12 Debra Lilley <>

Debra Lilley

Feb 14, 2009, 7:03:06 AM2/14/09
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Thanks Dan, This is really interesting.

On Feb 12, 1:07 pm, Dan Lockton <> wrote:
> Hi Debra,
> For your Carbon, Control and Comfort project, have you seen the central
> heating design exercise carried out by Rattle Research -
> Best wishes
> Dan
> 2009/2/12 Debra Lilley <>


Feb 16, 2009, 5:03:02 AM2/16/09
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Hi Debra

Good to make contact. I'd be very happy to talk more about ethics -
guess we can chat here, or if you'd rather use email fee free to drop
me a note to jamie dot young at rsa dot org dot uk.


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