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The Digital Good and Sustainability

In conversation with Dorothea Kleine and Gina Neff

This webinar took place on Monday 18 March 2024

You can watch a recording of it below:

In the second round of the Digital Good Research Fund, we are encouraging applications that focus on sustainability, one of the three societal challenges that must be addressed to move towards a good digital society.

To support this, our webinar features Professor Dorothea Kleine (from our College of Experts and Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development) in conversation with Gina Neff (our Associate Director and Sustainability Challenge Lead, and Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy at the University of Cambridge).

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They discuss Professor Kleine’s research into digitalization and sustainability, particularly as part of the European research network ‘Digitalization for Sustainability – Science in Dialogue’ (D4S).

This includes her contributions to the ‘Digital Reset’ report and book, which argue that firstly, the current policy transitions of digitalisation and sustainability are currently not aligned, despite the rhetoric. Secondly, it proposes that the current models of digital economy and digital society are not sustainable and need a radical reset.

What could a different digital future entail, particularly if based on the principles of digital sovereignty and social equity, regenerative design, system innovation, circularity, repairability, digital sufficiency, sustainable infrastructures and efficiency?

The webinar will also include information about the 2024 Digital Good Research Fund and how to apply.

Part of the ‘Digital Good Research Fund 2024: call for applications’ webinar series.
Co-hosted with the Institute for Global Sustainable Development.


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Dorothea Kleine

Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD) at the University of Sheffield.

At IGSD, Professor Dorothea Kleine leads the Digital, Data and Innovation group. She works on digitalisation for sustainable development and global justice, combining theoretical work with policy engagement and participatory work with partners and communities internationally.

She acts as an advisor to UN bodies on digital innovation and sustainable development, as well as collaborating with UNICEF and the Malala Fund in research on gender and digital learning.

She has published widely, including the books Technologies of Choice? (MIT Press 2013) and recently as co-author, Digital Reset: Redirecting Technologies for the Deep Sustainability Transformation (Oekom 2023).

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Gina Neff

Associate Director, Sustainability Challenge Lead, Digital Good Network.

Professor Gina Neff is the Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge. She is on the executive leadership team and chair of the strategy group for UKRI Responsible AI UK (RAI) and associate director of the ESRC Digital Good Network.

Her books include Venture Labor (MIT Press 2012), Self-Tracking (MIT Press 2016) and Human-Centered Data Science (MIT Press 2022).

She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Network for ESRC, where she also provides assurance for ESRC doctoral training requirements and she serves on the board of directors for the (US) Social Science Research Council. She also sits on the board of trustees for the Institute for the Future of Work. She was awarded the 2019 University of Oxford Social Science Division Teaching Excellence Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision for her work leading the DPhil at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Her academic research has won both engineering and social sciences awards. Professor Neff led the team that won the 2021 Webby for the best educational website on the Internet, for the A to Z of AI, which has reached over 1 million people in 17 different languages.

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