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Vanessa Thomas

InfoLab21 Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4WA


United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7460 414576

Research overview

Once upon a time, I lived in a country far, far away. It was full of mounties and maple syrup and a bizarre orange substance called "mac and cheese." While there, I studied computer science, mathematics, physics, human security, peace building, internal communications, intercultural communications, graphic design, leadership, history, women's studies and a whole bunch of other subjects that didn't seem to be directly related to one another, except in my head. I used my unusual set of skills to find work in Canada, Ecuador, Bolivia and the United States of America. Then I found the HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training, which seemed like a great place for a disciplinary misfit like myself.

My doctoral research examines social practices and public policies that influence the environmental footprint of digital technologies. I am also a Research Associate with the Institute for Social Futures, where I explore some of the future implications of our digital technologies. My research interests and side projects are related to sustainable development, ICT4D, crisis informatics, human rights, public policy, "smart" cities, retrocomputing and retrogaming, urban development (especially in Latin America), open EVERYTHING (data, source software, Internet, education, government, etc), and human-computer interaction (HCI). :)

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