IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Knowledge Lab seminar series: Dr Bronwyn Cumbo

13 June 2024, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

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Join this event to hear Bronwyn Cumbo discuss the role of children and our environment in how we imagining and realise environmentally sustainable digital futures.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Kate Gilchrist


UCL Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald Street

Children comprise 25% of the global population. They are one of the fastest growing cohorts of AI users, and are the recipients and future managers of climate challenges.

Despite this, children are excluded from how we imagine and design digital and AI futures and how they intersect with environmental sustainability targets. In this seminar, Bronwyn will discuss key factors underpinning children’s exclusion from the environment-digital futures discourse, and methodological approaches that adult researchers and practitioners can utilise to support children to participate in how we can imagine and realise environmentally sustainable digital futures.

This will be done through three case study examples that each navigate themes of children, environment, emerging technologies, and futures: (i) Digital nature-play; (ii) Our Water Stories; and (iii) Digital Future Schools.

This event will be particularly useful for researchers, teachers, policymakers, and digital media professionals.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Dr Bronwyn Cumbo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University

Bronwyn's research focuses on how creative and critical participatory design methods can be used to support children to imagine and participate in the design of environmentally sustainable futures.

Currently, she is exploring the tensions and possibilities offered by the 'twin' sustainability and digital transitions, and how we can invite children and young people to engage in, and influence this discourse.