HCI design of digital and tangible technologies for climate action!

External Member

ANU Institute for Climate, Energy, & Disaster Solutions


** NOTE: This project is at capacity for Sem 1, 2022. I am not accepting any further applications for Sem 1 2022 at this time.

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and now is the time to take urgent action. Technology is both a contributor to carbon emissions and waste, but also offers new possibilities to help reshape our practices, and rethink our relationships with planet Earth and with each other.

This project involves designing and evaluating new technologies for climate action. Your project can contribute to the ANU Below Zero goal “for ANU to achieve below zero emissions by 2030 for energy, waste, work travel and direct on-campus greenhouse gas emissions”.

You will create a digital and/or tangible technology design relating to climate action that engages people with these issues in fun and interesting ways. Your project could incorporate machine learning, games, data visualisation, or other interfaces of your choice depending on your skills and interests.

Possible project areas include:

  • Visualising carbon emissions and resource consumption data
  • Designing tools to manage and reduce waste
  • Designing tangible and digital games for climate action
  • Designing new platforms for the sharing economy and zero waste practices
  • Designing for community preparedness for, and recovery from, natural disasters
  • Designing to facilitate behaviour change by individuals and communities

If your project is relevant to ANU Below Zero, you may have the opportunity to share your completed project on the ANU Below Zero website and social media channels if you wish.

How to apply:

** NOTE: This project is at capacity for Sem 1, 2022. I am not accepting any further applications for Sem 1 2022 at this time.


  • Completion of COMP3900/COMP6390 Human-Computer Interaction is advantageous but not a requirement
  • A genuine interest in your project topic and desire to learn new skills

Background Literature


Environmental sustainability, climate change, emissions reduction, carbon negative, ANU Below Zero, human-computer interaction, web applications, mobile applications, tangible user interfaces

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing