Advances in technology have served to make life more enjoyable, convenient, and efficient. However, key societal problems such as poverty, unemployment, and poor education still persist. Opportunities exist for today’s technologies to aid and support these and other societal problems, and HCI researchers are in key positions make this happen. I am deeply committed to solving real-world problems using human-computer interaction (HCI) research and social and ubiquitous technology innovations. In collaboration with colleagues, I have used human-centered design approaches, and research from multiple disciplines (i.e., psychology, ubiquitous computing, law, sociology, economics, design, and health) to explore the ways in which technology can be used to solve real-world problems, particularly among disadvantaged populations. The majority of my prior research is in the domain of environmental sustainability; however, I am working to broaden my research to include economic and social sustainability. I am also conducting research in the areas of education and health.

Sustainability (Environmental, Social, Economic)

  • Economic Sustainability and Social Sustainability: Identifying Barriers and Opportunities for Building SocioTechnical Capital in Economic Vulnerable Communities
  • Environmental and Social Understanding Energy Use and Power Relationships in Low-Income Communities
  • Environmental and Social SustainabilityUnderstanding Ways to Reduce Household Energy Consumption by Supporting Dynamic Households and Disconnected Communities
  • Motivating Environmentally Sustainable Behaviors


  • Understanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) As a Pathway to Employment for Low-Income Populations


  • Providing consumer healthcare provider recommendations for the uninsured and other vulnerable communities