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On the Necessity of Flying and of not Flying:: Exploring how Computer Scientists Reason about Academic Travel
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (MID4S)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7662-9687
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (MID4S)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2162-8353
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Strategic Sustainability Studies.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (MID4S)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9132-2969
2020 (English)In: ICT4S2020: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability / [ed] Ana Moreira, Benoit Combemale, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2020, p. 18-26Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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In order to fulfill the Paris agreement, we need to drastically reduce carbon emissions globally. 2020 is a pivotal year in this endeavour as many projections indicate that emissions need to decrease significantly before 2030. This challenge pertains to all parts of society, including (computer science) researchers. This however clashes with the fact that flying to a large extent has become built-in to the everyday practices of research and of academic life. It is feasible to imagine that computer scientists could fly less than other academics since we ought to be innovators and early adopters of computer-mediated alternatives such as video-conferencing and other forms of digital meeting technologies. It is however also possible that we fly more because conferences might be a more dominant outlet for publications in our field in comparison to other research fields. At KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the researchers at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) fly the most. In this paper, we present initial qualitative results from a survey regarding travel that was answered by computer scientists at EECS. We are in particular analysing the free text answers in order to understand how computer scientists1 reason about their own flying and about the alternatives. It will be hard to fulfil the Paris agreement without decreasing flying significantly, but this requires us to rethink how we do research, and how we travel (or not) within academia. This paper contributes with knowledge about the perceived barriers and drivers for computer scientists to decrease their flying.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2020. p. 18-26
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-279601DOI: 10.1145/3401335.3401582Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85090502629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-279601DiVA, id: diva2:1460944
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Available from: 2020-08-25 Created: 2020-08-25 Last updated: 2023-12-04Bibliographically approved

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