I am interested in questions of food system democratisation, participatory design, and social justice and social innovation. In my PhD in Digital Civics at Open Lab I am researching sustainable and ethical food networks that are just and accessible for all, in particular for communities in deprived areas. I explore the role of participatory design and digital technology to support processes of food system innovation. My work is collaborative and action-oriented and includes the following strands so far:

  • I partnered with a local community centre in the North East of England to explore how a local food hub can address questions of health, environment, justice, and democratic participation.
  • I collaborated with a local primary school engaging young people as food citizens in critical questions on our food system.
  • I worked with a local community group to design and launch a community garden project.
  • Together with colleagues at Open Lab, I co-developed a long-term and open-ended partnership with the above community centre to infrastructure community-commissioned action-research and participatory design projects addressing social challenges.


Food Democracy for All? Developing a Food Hub in the Context of Socio-Economic Deprivation

  1. Prost S

2019Politics and Governance

Infrastructuring Food Democracy: The Formation of a Local Food Hub in the Context of Socio-Economic Deprivation

  1. Prost S
  2. Vlachokyriakos V
  3. Midgley J
  4. Heron G
  5. Meziant K
  6. Crivellaro C

2019Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction


Food democracy in the making: Designing with local food networks

  1. Prost S
  2. Crivellaro C
  3. Haddon A
  4. Comber R

2018Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18)


A grand challenge for HCI: food + sustainability

  1. Norton J
  2. Raturi A
  3. Nardi B
  4. Prost S
  5. McDonald S
  6. Pargman D
  7. Bates O
  8. Normark M
  9. Tomlinson B
  10. Herbig N
  11. Dombrowski L