Justin Dowdall


A doctoral graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Justin’s work is firmly situated within the intersection of ecological design, technology studies, and post-humanism. His dissertation, titled “Theorizing in a Society of Nature: A Grounded Theory Analysis of Permaculture Online and Textual Discourse” explores how contemporary ecological designers imagine and reimagine their relationship with the built and unbuilt environment. He has presented his work at Harvard University, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Future of Senses III conference among others. He has also published in a diversity of arts and culture platforms. When not teaching, he helps direct an ecological research center and experimental tree nursery in the foothills of the Green Mountains. There his research explores climate adaptive reforesting efforts and the importance of applying traditional ecological knowledge(s). He is currently teaching Introduction to Human Computer Interaction focusing on how students can use technology to help design a better world.         

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