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Academic Background[edit | edit source]

Currently at University of British Columbia (Canada) pursuing a PhD program at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) studying with Dr. John Robinson. Completed Master's of Environmental Studies (MES) at Queen's University, Kingston, and an undergraduate from Carleton University, Ottawa also in Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science. Research interests are in applied sustainability, appropriate technology, barriers to sustainable development, power of Information and Communication Technologies (internet, access to knowledge etc), open source/ open access and innovation through collaboration, technology, environment and society, as well as the theory of common good and morality. Master's thesis topic was on Open Source Appropriate Technology under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Pearce.

Also worked with Let's Talk Science, Queen's University chapter as one of the coordinators for community High School engagement in things science related, as well as Engineering for Change (E4C) on drafting appropriate technology evaluation platform for a workshop conference held in New York 2012.

Appropedia Contributions[edit | edit source]

Pages Authored

Summary and results page from my Master's research paper published in the Journal of Sustainable Development

Summary of a paper that came out of a project for MECH 836 - Applied Sustainability class. Published in Elsevier's Energy Policy

This is a summary of the WASH Tech report by Parker, A. et al., (2011) that I came across while working with E4C on appropriate technology evaluation project

Pages Co-Authored

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This is a literature list for key works in open source appropriate technology; it features links, summaries and key points

Publications[edit | edit source]

Campus Involvement and In the News[edit | edit source]

In the News:
Involvement with the Queen's Sustainability Advisory Committee
Our Eco Art project 2010
Facilitating Recyclemania 2011
Gazette Article - Queen’s: The First Solar Powered University?
Coalition for Solar Powered Queen's Article
Comment on Bottled Water Free Campus
Nuclear power not worth the risk in Canada - Our Nuclear Insurance Subsidy paper in Queen's media release
Solar power outshines nuclear power: Study, Toronto Star, 2011
Bottled Water Free Day March 10, 2011

Thesis Research Topic[edit | edit source]

Open Source Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Development


The Thesis will be available for free open access on Queen's University's QSpace Thesis Repository

Thesis Poster - School of Environmental Studies Research Day, April 28th 2011. Barriers to OSAT for Sustainable Development


Questions: Can we improve development of appropriate technology (smart/ efficient/ relevant tech) using the paradigm of open access/ open source/ knowledge commons where information, technical know-how and general knowledge is shared and improved by working together as a community? What are the barriers to development, AT and open source? How do we establish rich interconnected networks/ website/ database/ wikis for all A.T. related needs to facilitate self-directed development? How can we speed it up and scale up? What role are ICTs and Internet playing and what is their impact on appropriate technology and development in general? What are some example of the benefits of open source/ open access paradigm, innovation through collaboration + crowd-sourcing? How have the internet and ICTs already been used to spur innovation faster in new and creative ways? What role do social, cultural and economic barriers play in sustainable development? How much can biomimicry and small scale systems improve energy and development challenges.

Barriers to sustainable development and appropriate technology are complex as there are a lot of variables involved - but as it's been said before: the complexity of the matter must not paralyze us into inaction - identifying problems leads to finding solutions, and the more hands and eyes working on it together the faster the process of development evolves.

Thesis Outline: Chapters

Chapter 1 - Introduction

  • Development Challenges
  • Research Objectives and Overview

Chapter 2 - Literature Sources and Appropriate Technology Review

  • Literature Sources
  • Appropriate Technology and Development
  • Technological Design
  • Open Source and Knowledge Commons
  • Interview Basis and Methodology
  • Development Matters: The Complexity of Sustainable Development
  • History of the Appropriate Technology Movement
  • Current Situation and Relevance: Making the Case for OSAT
  • Literature Identified Barriers to AT
  • Defining principles
  • Technical Aspects
  • Organizational Aspects

Chapter 3 - Examining the Barriers to Open Source Appropriate Technology: Interview Methodology, Results and Analysis Goal and Purpose of the Study

  • Data Collection
  • Analysis Process
  • Interview Results and Discussion
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Technological Dissemination
  • Defining Principles
  • Socio-Technical Barriers
  • Economic Relationship
  • Open Source and Knowledge Commons
  • Research Limitations

Chapter 4 - Breaking Down Barriers to Open Source Appropriate Technology Collaboration

  • Open Access, Knowledge Commons and The Future of Innovation
  • The Openness Factor: Background on the Open Source Movement
  • Examples of Crowd-Sourcing for Development
  • Enabling Collaborative Innovation: Open Source AT
  • The Role of Universities in OSAT

Chapter 5 - Discussion: Obstacles and Issues to Consider and Future Work

  • General Obstacles
  • Building the Network
  • Details, Dynamics and Components of Online OSAT

Chapter 6 - Conclusions

Open Source Appropriate Technology Literature Review[edit | edit source]

Anyone interested in the work and looking for the bibliography related to open source and appropriate technology can consult our OSAT Lit review list:

Open Source Appropriate Technology Literature Review

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