Information Systems as a Force for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

By Helen Hasan.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Information systems are key enablers for both the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. However, most of the treatises on climate change say little about their beneficial role in climate change initiatives and programs. There have been several reports which see Information Technology (IT) as a major polluter through energy used over the life-cycle of IT devices and e-waste. Indeed the contribution of IT to global emissions is estimated to be around 3%. However, this negative aspect should be balanced against IT’s enormous potential to contribute innovative solutions to climate change problems of both mitigation and adaptation. Information Systems (IS) experts can contribute their knowledge and expertise of traditional organizational systems; the transformations made possible by the Internet; and the exciting potential of pervasive and ubiquitous social media. This paper takes a conceptual approach to develop a taxonomy of IS-based activities. An expert explanation of this taxonomy is provided by applying a combination of activity and complexity theories.

Keywords: Information Systems, Taxonomy, Enabler, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.73-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 212.452KB).

Dr. Helen Hasan

Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Dr. Helen Hasan is Associate Professor of Information Systems (IS) in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has published extensively in IS and related areas of Human Computer Interaction, Serious Games, Group Decision Support Systems, Knowledge Management, Green IS and Sensible Organisation using frameworks of Complex Activity. Helen manages an activity-based usability laboratory at the university and co-directs both the People and Organisation Research Centre and the Social Innovation Network. She has led several government-funded, cross institutional research projects and conducts industry-based consulting. She leads local, national and international special interest groups on Green IS.


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