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Smart Forests: Transforming Environments into Social-Political Technologies

Projektbeschreibung

Studie über die sozialpolitischen Auswirkungen intelligenter Wälder

Digitale Technologien wie intelligente Wälder entwickeln sich zu wichtigen Strategien zur Bewältigung der Umweltveränderungen. Intelligente Wälder sollen den Klimanutzen der Wälder und des Forstsektors steigern. Diese neuen Technologien können jedoch unerwartete sozialpolitische Folgen nach sich ziehen und im Gegensatz zu intelligenten Städten sind intelligente Wälder bisher nicht ausreichend erforscht. Das EU-finanzierte Projekt SmartForests wird untersuchen, wie intelligente Wälder eingerichtet werden und wie sich digitale Technologien auf das Umweltmanagement auswirken. Vor dem Hintergrund, dass intelligente Wälder möglicherweise zu sozialpolitischen Ungleichheiten und undemokratischem Regieren führen könnten, wird das Projekt erforschen und analysieren, wie digitale Technologien Wälder und Waldgemeinden verändern. Dabei sollen Praktiken wie Überwachung, Eindämmung, Steuerung und Umwandlung der Umweltveränderungen untersucht werden.

Ziel

Forests are crucial to acting on environmental change. They are key contributors to the carbon cycle and biodiversity, as well as air and water quality. At the same time, digital technologies are reshaping forests in order to manage and enhance their environmental contributions. However, these new technologies are generating social-political impacts that have yet to be extensively researched. For the first time, this groundbreaking project addresses the vital question of how forests are becoming “smart” through the increasing use of digital technologies to manage these environments. Smart forests span locations from Germany to New York City to Thailand, and from remote to urban areas. While there is now extensive research on smart cities, other “smart” environments have been less well studied. This is problematic, since it is necessary to assess how these technologies enable and constrain particular modes of governance and engagement. Without this research, smart environments such as smart forests run the risk of producing social-political inequities and undemocratic governance, as has been identified with smart cities. Using inventive digital practices, fieldwork, participatory workshops and mapping, the research will investigate the transformation of forests and forest communities through digital technologies. Through 5 case studies, the project will analyze the ways in which forest technologies are transforming practices of observing, mitigating, participating in, and regulating environmental change. SmartForests asks not just how digital technologies are remaking forests, but also investigates how forests become social-political technologies for addressing environmental change. Situated at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and digital media studies, the research will demonstrate how these technologies impact socio-ecological relations, and will propose more equitable approaches to digital and environmental practice and policy.

Gastgebende Einrichtung

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Netto-EU-Beitrag
€ 1 996 004,00
Adresse
TRINITY LANE THE OLD SCHOOLS
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Vereinigtes Königreich

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Aktivitätstyp
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Gesamtkosten
€ 1 996 004,00

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