Author: Hamilton V. Niculescu

I am currently a PhD student and lecturer in Dublin City University. My research is looking at people engagement with technologies aimed at growing vegetables in a sustainable manner. The project involves building of six automated enclosures powered by renewable energy sources, which participants in the study can control remotely by using a custom developed mobile phone app. Based on sensor readings data (soil moisture, air humidity and temperature), the participants can operate the irrigation system, the ventilation fans, and open / close the windows. The aim of the study is to offer insights about the roadblocks and triggers in relation to peoples' engagement and behaviour change in respect to (renewable) technologies.