The intention of this paper is to propose interaction design as a venue for IS research into sustainability and in that connection also propose a new theoretical psychological approach to interaction design. This new theoretical psychological framework is based on ecological psychology and activity theory. The paper will outline the scientific demands for the framework as well as the frameworks focus areas that are: 1) Intentional-motivational aspects of interaction 2) Sensory-motor aspects of interaction 3) Behavior-context aspects of interaction. Furthermore the paper will briefly present a design science research project applying the framework to interaction design for a climate management ICT system in greenhouses.


Sustainability Interaction design IS research Activity theory Ecological psychology HWID 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gitte Skou Petersen
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  1. 1.Department of InformaticsCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark

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