Seminar #15. ‘Smart Forests: How are forests becoming digital environments?‘.

WhenThursday, 5 May, 2022, 14:00–15:30 CET (Central European Time) on Zoom (
At this seminar Jennifer Gabrys will talk about The Smart Forests project that investigates the socio-political impacts of digital technologies that monitor and govern forest environments. Gabrys is Chair in Media, Culture and Environment in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She leads the Planetary Praxis research group, and is Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project, Smart Forests: Transforming Environments into Social-Political Technologies. She also leads the Citizen Sense and AirKit projects, which investigates the use of environmental sensors for new modes of citizen involvement in environmental issues. Both of these projects have received funding from the European Research Council.
DiscussantSabine Höhler at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, who is Principal Investigator of the Mediated Planet Project.
AbstractThe Smart Forests project investigates the socio-political impacts of digital technologies that monitor and govern forest environments. Read more at
Recommended reading
Gabrys, Jennifer. “Programming Nature as Infrastructure in the Smart Forest City.” In the anniversary special issue, Splintering Urbanism at 20. Edited by Colin McFarlane, Alan Wiig, Jonathan Rutherford, and Andrew Karvonen. Journal of Urban Technology 29, no. 1 (2022): 13-19.
Gabrys, Jennifer. “The Forest That Walks: Digital Fieldwork and Distributions of Site.” In the special issue, Critical Walking Methodologies and Oblique Agitations of Place. Edited by Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman (WalkingLab). Qualitative Inquiry 28, no. 2 (2022): 228-235. First published online 4 September 2021.

Gabrys J. Smart forests and data practices: From the Internet of Trees to planetary governance. Big Data & Society. January 2020. doi:10.1177/2053951720904871