One strand of Lara’s research focusses on how creative and inventive methods can help people to imagine and create more sustainable futures, including:
A second strand centres on digital infrastructures and planetary computing, including:
Exhibit X Column Editor, Interactions Magazine
Co-Investigator on the Algorithmic Food Justice project, funded by the Not-Equal Network+ grant, from the ESPRC
Houston, Lara, Alex Taylor, Sara Heitlinger, and Ruth Catlow. ‘Algorithmic Food Justice’. In eds. Dimitris Papadopoulos, María Puig de la Bellacasa, and Maddalena Tacchetti. Ecological Reparation. Bristol University Press (2023).
Sara Heitlinger, Lara Houston and Alex S. Taylor. ‘Nature 3.0: blockchain for extraction or care?’. In eds. Ruth Catlow, and Penny Rafferty. Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts. Torque Editions (2022).
Dolejšová, M., Ampatzidou, C., Houston, L., Light, A., Botero, A., Choi, J. H-j., Wilde, D., Altarriba Bertran, F., Davis, H., Gil, F., and Catlow, R. ‘Crafting Transformative Futures: Creative Practice, Social Change and Climate Emergency’. In Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Creativity and Cognition (C&C’21) conference. Article 3 (2021): 1-9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3450741.3465242
Heitlinger, Sara, Lara Houston, Alex Taylor, and Ruth Catlow. ‘Algorithmic Food Justice: Co-Designing More-than-Human Blockchain Futures for the Food Commons’. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 305 (2021): 1–17. DOI: https://doi-org.ezproxy.sussex.ac.uk/10.1145/3411764.3445655
Jackson, Steven J., and Lara Houston. ‘The Politics and Political Economy of Repair’. In eds. Jeremy Swartz, and Janet Wasko. Media: A Transdisciplinary Enquiry. Chicago: Intellect, University of Chicago Press. (2021): 244–64.
Houston, Lara, Jennifer Gabrys, and Helen Pritchard. ‘Breakdown in the Smart City: Exploring Workarounds with Urban-sensing Practices and Technologies,’ Science, Technology & Human Values. 44 (5) (2019): 843-870. DOI: 10.1177/0162243919852677.
Pritchard, Helen, Jennifer Gabrys, and Lara Houston ‘Re-Calibrating DIY: Testing Digital Participation across Dust Sensors, Fry Pans and Environmental Pollution,’ New Media and Society, 20 (12) (2018): 4533-4552.
2022 Talks –
Sussex Humanities Lab, CreaTures overview, December 2022
Earth Systems Governance conference Toronto, Canada, October 2022
CreaTures Festival, Seville, Spain, July 2022
Sustainability Frontiers, Lund, Sweden, February 2022
2022 Panels organised –
Uroboros Festival Panel [Online recording] Feral Policy knowledge exchange for creative practitioners and policymakers, October 2022
New European Bauhaus Festival panel [Online recording] Managed or out of control? Bridging Policy and Creative Perspectives on Nature, June 2022