Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene - cover image


Chelsea Miya; Oliver Rossier; Geoffrey Rockwell

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  • English

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558 pages (xxvi+532)


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  • GPS
  • JH
  • JHMC


  • EDU037000
  • SOC002000


  • GF75


  • Educational institutions
  • social change
  • political change
  • institutional practices
  • scholarly research practices
  • age of the Anthropocene
  • relationship to the environment
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Right Research

Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene

Educational institutions play an instrumental role in social and political change, and are responsible for the environmental and social ethics of their institutional practices. The essays in this volume critically examine scholarly research practices in the age of the Anthropocene, and ask what accountability educators and researchers have in ‘righting’ their relationship to the environment. The volume further calls attention to the geographical, financial, legal and political barriers that might limit scholarly dialogue by excluding researchers from participating in traditional modes of scholarly conversation.

As such, Right Research is a bold invitation to the academic community to rigorous self-reflection on what their research looks like, how it is conducted, and how it might be developed so as to increase accessibility and sustainability, and decrease carbon footprint. The volume follows a three-part structure that bridges conceptual and practical concerns: the first section challenges our assumptions about how sustainability is defined, measured and practiced; the second section showcases artist-researchers whose work engages with the impact of humans on our environment; while the third section investigates how academic spaces can model eco-conscious behaviour.

This timely volume responds to an increased demand for environmentally sustainable research, and is outstanding not only in its interdisciplinarity, but its embrace of non-traditional formats, spanning academic articles, creative acts, personal reflections and dialogues. Right Research will be a valuable resource for educators and researchers interested in developing and hybridizing their scholarly communication formats in the face of the current climate crisis.


The book is current and interdisciplinary, engaging with recent developments around this topic and including perspectives from sciences, arts, and humanities. It will be a welcome contribution to studies of the Anthropocene as well as studies of research methods and practices.

Sam Mickey

University of S. Francisco


Eighteen papers consider the responsibility that educators and researchers have to research sustainably, exploring how institutional practices can be reflected on and adjusted to right their relationship to the environment.

Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 59, no. 4,

Additional Resources

[website]Embracing Econferences: a step toward limiting the negative effects of conference culture(by Chelsea Miya, Oliver Rossier, and Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta.)
[website]Organizing a Conference Online: A Quick Guide(by Geoffrey Rockwell with Oliver Rossier, Chelsea Miya and Casey Germain)

Table of Contents


Contributor Biographies

Editors’ Preface

Oliver Rossier, Chelsea Miya and Geoffrey Rockwell

1. Why Should We Try to Be Sustainable?: Expected Consequences and the Ethics of Making an Indeterminate Difference

Howard Nye

2. Sustainability in the Anthropocene: From Forests to the Globe

Petra Dolata

3. Academia, Abstraction and the Anthropocene: Changing the Story for Right Relationship

Kristine Kowalchuk

4. Kitting the Digital Humanities for the Anthropocene: Digital Metabolism and Eco-Critical DH

Amanda Starling Gould

5. Impact of the Digital Revolution on Worldwide Energy Consumption

Doug Barlage and Gem Shoute

6. Sustainable DNA: In Conversation

Mél Hogan and Deb Verhoeven

7. Design Education in the Anthropocene: Teaching Systems Thinking

Eric Benson and Priscilla Ferronato

8. Inspiration from Goethe’s Tender Empiricism: How to be the Person Collecting, Analyzing and Visualizing Data

Joshua Korenblat

9. Solidarity Seeds: Situated Knowledges in Bishan Village, Wang Chau Village and Aarey Forest

Michael Leung

10. e-Waste Peep Show: A Research-Creation Project on the (In)visibility of Technological Waste

Lai-Tze Fan

11. Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Form: A Panel Revisited

Natalie Loveless, Andrew S. Yang, Karin Bolender, Christa Donner, Scott Smallwood, Leanne Olson and Jesse Beier

Art and/in the Anthropocene

Natalie Loveless

The Aesthetics of Hidden Ecologies

Andrew S. Yang

R.A.W. Arts of Barnyard Becomings

Karin Bolender

From Repulsion to Care

Leanne Olson


Christa Donner

Thoughts on an Unfinished Composition...

Scott Smallwood

Against Frontier Sustainability (or, Breaking Up with The High Frontier)

Jessie Beier

Aesthetic Attunements

Natalie Loveless

12. The Weight of The Digital: Experiencing Infrastructure with InfraVU

Ted Dawson

13. Asking Why: Cultivating Eco-Consciousness in Research Labs

Allison Paradise

14. Sustainability, Living Labs and Repair: Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation

Hart Cohen, Francesca Sidoti, Alison Gill, Abby Mellick Lopes, Maryella Hatfield and Jonathon Allen

A Decade of Design-led Sustainability Projects at Western Sydney

Abby Mellick Lopes and Jonathon Allen

Case Studies in Sustainability: The South Vineyard Creek Story

Maryella Hatfield

Re-pair: An Open Project for Cultures and Economies of Repair in Western Sydney

Alison Gill, Abby Mellick Lopes and Francesca Sidoti


Hart Cohen

15. An Intro to Econferences

Geoffrey Rockwell, Oliver Rossier and Chelsea Miya

16. Econferences Are Not the Same, but Are They Good Enough?

Terry Anderson

17. Online Conferences: Some History, Methods and Benefits

Nick Byrd

18. ‘Greening’ Academic Gatherings: A Case for Econferences

Oliver Rossier, Chelsea Miya and Geoffrey Rockwell

List of Illustrations



Chelsea Miya

PhD Candidate and CGS SSHRC fellow in English and Film Studies at University of Alberta

Oliver Rossier


Geoffrey Rockwell

Professor of Philosophy and Digital Humanities, Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and Associate Director of the AI for Society at University of Alberta