Dr Sara Heitlinger
I am a specialist in sustainable human-computer interaction (HCI) and design-led participatory research. My particular interests are in citizen-led innovation, urban agriculture, and smart cities. My research is grounded in participatory design, but I draw on methods and perspectives from the arts and humanities, such as feminist technoscience, and socially-engaged arts practice. I am motivated to find new approaches that help HCI move beyond authoritarian, top-down, efficiency-based solutions to sustainability, by co-designing new sociotechnical systems for urban cultural diversity and more-than-human cities.
Prior to coming to City, I was part of the Digital Local Democracy research strand in the Global Urban Research Centre at Newcastle University, where I investigated new methods for increasing citizen participation in democratic processes through co-designing “smart” urban food futures. I was also the lead researcher Co-Investigator on Connected Seeds and Sensors, an 18-month project based at Queen Mary University of London, where I investigated co-designing novel interactive Internet of Things systems with urban agricultural communities to support more sustainable food consumption and production in the city. For this project I won a Community Collaboration Award for Research at Queen Mary University of London in 2017.
All my work is collaborative, and I am always keen to make new collaborative links.
- PhD in Media and Arts Technology, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
- MA in Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
- BSc in Computer Science, Hebrew University, Israel
- Lecturer in Computer Science, City, University of London, Jan 2019 – present
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Newcastle University, Apr 2017 – Jan 2019
- Researcher Co-Investigator, Queen Mary University of London, Oct 2015 – Mar 2017
- Queen Mary University of London (2017) Community Collaboration Award for Research
An award to recognise the people and projects at QMUL that work with the community to mutual benefit
- UNESCO (2007) UNESCO Digital Arts Award
- Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. and Comber, R. (2019). The Right to the Sustainable Smart City. 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'19) 4-9 May, Glasgow.
- Clarke, R., Heitlinger, S., Foth, M., Disalvo, C., Light, A. and Forlano, L. (2018). More-than-human urban futures: Speculative participatory design to avoid ecocidal smart cities.
- Heitlinger, S., Foth, M., Clarke, R., Disalvo, C., Light, A. and Forlano, L. (2018). Avoiding ecocidal smart cities: Participatory design for more-than-human futures.
- Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. and Comber, R. (2018). Connected seeds and sensors: Co-designing internet of things for sustainable smart cities with urban food-growing communities.
- Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. and Jefferies, J. (2014). The talking plants: An interactive system for grassroots urban food-growing communities.
- Clarke, R., Heitlinger, S., Briggs, J., Crivellaro, C. and Light, A. (2014). Socially engaged arts practice in HCI.
- Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. and Jefferies, J. (2013). Ubicomp for grassroots urban food- growing communities.
- Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. and Jefferies, J. (2013). Sustainable HCI for grassroots urban food-growing communities.
- Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., O'Flanagan, O. and Couzyn, T. (2012). The Talking Quilt - Augmenting domestic objects for communal meaning-making.
- Clarke, R., Heitlinger, S., Foth, M., DiSalvo, C., Light, A. and Forlano, L. (2018). More-than-Human Urban Futures: Speculative Participatory Design to Avoid Ecocidal Smart Cities. 22 Aug 2018 – 2 Dec 2018, Z33 House for Contemporary Art.
- Heitlinger, S. (2017). Connected Seeds. 31 Jan 2017 – 12 Feb 2017, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation.