8 October 2012
Chris Preist, Kirsten Cater and David Coyle of the Dept of Computer Science, together with Alvin Birdi of the Dept of Economics, have been funded by the Research Councils Digital Economy programme to conduct the 18 month, £310K Digital Green Doors project.
The project will work with Bristol Green Doors to develop mobile apps and social media to engage Bristolians in 'hard to treat' houses with domestic environmental and energy efficiency technologies, such as solid wall insulation.
The project will take an an innovative approach, aiming at motivating people through building connections and sharing stories and experience in the community, and so building new community norms around energy efficiency.
The research will investigate what digital approaches are most effective at engaging people to act collectively, and also the impact of the work on the local economy.
The idea for the proposal grew out of discussions at the Cabot Institute-funded End Use Energy Demand workshop in 2011.
In addition to Bristol Green Doors, the project also includes Bristol City Council, IBM, NPower and Mobile Pie games development studio as project partners.