Call for Paper: Workshop “Digital Consumption” at WI 2019

Call for Paper: Workshop “Digital Consumption” at WI 2019

The penetration of IT artefacts into society leads not only to changes in the world of work (“industry 4.0”), but also to a change in private households, for example in the digitisation of consumer practices. The classic consumer fields of nutrition, housing and mobility are increasingly being penetrated by “smart” digital services and devices: online commerce is playing an increasing role in private shopping and business, shareconomy platforms permit new forms of prosumption, and AI & Big Data are leading to increasingly individualised and personalised products and services.

For the consumer this opens new worlds of experience and simplifies consumption. At the same time, a number of questions also arise, such as data protection and the digital sovereignty of the consumer, the digital divide in the use of such services, as well as the sustainability of digitally enabled consumption practices at the levels of society, economy and ecology, which can only be acknowledged within the framework of a transdisciplinary approach.


The aim of the workshop is to network actors in this new field of business informatics, to identify joint research fields and to develop a research agenda for sustainable consumer informatics.

The workshop is aimed in particular at scientists and practitioners from the fields of consumer and environmental informatics, business informatics in consumer goods research, consumer researchers and cultural and social scientists.

The main aim is to give young scientists a voice and an opportunity to present and discuss their research.


The topics of the workshop are among others:

  • Empirical studies on the digitisation of consumer practices (housing, mobility, nutrition, shopping, finance, etc.).)
  • >Digital consumer and data protection
  • Digital sovereignty and information asymmetries
  • Theoretical approaches and models in (digital) consumer research
  • Approaches to promote sustainable consumption
  • Design approaches and studies on consumer assistance systems
  • Modeling methods
  • Methodological approaches and challenges


  • 30 Nov 2018 Submission of papers
  • 15 Dec 2018 Notification of authors
  • 24 Feb 2019 Full-day workshop (09:00-18:00)


The participants submit position papers in Research-in-Progress format (max. 2-3 pages text + abstract and bibliography if applicable). The position papers should briefly outline your work and approaches in the thematic area of the workshop. The position papers can be written in German or English.

Submit your position paper in PDF format by November 30, 2018 via EasyChair.

Selected contributions will be revised on the basis of the workshop discussions and published as a long version in a special issue for consumer informatics in the International Reports on Socio-Informatics (IRSI).