Food talks back : Exploring the role of mobile applications in reducing domestic food wastage

Farr-Wharton, Geremy, Choi, Jaz Hee-Jeong, & Foth, Marcus (2014) Food talks back : Exploring the role of mobile applications in reducing domestic food wastage. In Robertson, Toni, O’Hara, Kenton, Wadley, Greg, Loke, Lian, & Leong, Tuck (Eds.) Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Sydney, Australia, pp. 352-361.

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Mitigating domestic food waste reduces its environmental and economic impacts. In our study, we have identified the use of mobile technology to support behaviour change as a key tool to assist the process of reducing food waste. This paper reports on three mobile applications designed to reduce domestic food waste: Fridge Pal, LeftoverSwap and EatChaFood. The paper examines how each app can influence consumer knowledge of domestic food supply, location, and literacy. We discuss our findings with respect to three considerations: (i) assisting with the user’s food supply and location knowledge; (ii) improving the user’s food literacy; (iii) facilitating social food sharing of excess food. We present new insights for mobile interventions that encourage changes towards more sustainable behaviours to reduce food waste.

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ID Code: 75843
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mobile, HCI, Behaviour Change, Urban Informatics, Australia
DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686665
ISBN: 9781450306539
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: © 2014 ACM New York, NY, USA
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2014 22:50
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 10:34

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