Jennifer Gabrys


Jennifer Gabrys is Chair in Media, Culture and Environment in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She was previously Professor in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is currently an honorary Visiting Professor. Gabrys is Principal Investigator on the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant, “Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice: Assessing Participatory Engagements with Environments through Sensor Technologies” (2013-2018) and the ERC Proof of Concept grant, “AirKit.” Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, she was Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the MA in Design and Environment in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her research investigates the intersection of environments and communication technologies through theoretical and practice-based work. Projects within this area include the book, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which examines the materialities of electronic waste; and a recently published book on environmental sensing, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Gabrys has been a Co-Investigator on the RCUK Energy Programme and ESRC-funded project, “Sustainability Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice.” This study, which was a collaboration with Mike Michael, Bill Gaver and the Interaction Research Studio, investigated how new technologies might be designed to engage communities in reducing energy consumption.

Gabrys has been a member of the Surface Tension spatial practice publishing initiative; and a former member of Weather Permitting (2004-2014), a creative practice and research collaborative that focused on climate change.

Selected Publications

(for a full list of Citizen Sense publications, see Publications)