I am a researcher / designer / artist / educator depending on the context. Currently, I am also a PhD candidate in Information Science at Cornell University.
I investigate the ecological, social, and political implications of computing technologies and infrastructures. In my work, I use qualitative and design methods to understand how to build alternatives for livable and equitable futures. My work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Coalition for Networked Information, Co-Risk Labs, and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. I am currently a fellow with the Critical Infrastructure Lab based in University of Amsterdam.
My dissertation project is on the impact of climate change on networked infrastructures in southeast Louisiana. I use historical and ethnographic approaches to understand the work of maintenance, repair, and anticipation by residents, utility workers, and policymakers to keep the Internet on amidst a shifting and dynamic landscape. The aim of my work is to consider pathways towards socially and environmentally just network infrastructures.
I also work on projects around the development of digital agriculture tools and knowledge production through environmental sensing.
My email is jenliu @ infosci.cornell.edu