Materiality and emergence in environmental information systems

Indrit Troshani, Bill Doulin, Karl Fradley, Giselle Rampersad

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Abstract

Information systems can be an integral part of environmental management practices enacted in the pursuit of environmental sustainability outcomes. We analyse the specific case of an environmental information system developed by a South Australian environmental regulator. The information system was intended to support efforts to sustain water quality by controlling the discharge of ‘greywater’ from vessels using South Australia’s inland waters. We conceptualize the information system as the outcome of a continuing, though non-deterministic, trajectory of interacting material and human agencies, in the form of technology and routines. In our analysis, we trace how these basic building blocks of the system came to be, and how they shaped the emergent environmental information system in particular ways.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
EventAustralian Conference on Information Systems 2020: Navigating the Digital Future - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Dec 20204 Dec 2020

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Conference on Information Systems 2020
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period1/12/204/12/20

Keywords

  • Materiality
  • Environment
  • Information Systems

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