Prof. Yolande Strengers
Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction professor investigating the sustainability, energy and inclusion impacts of digital and smart technologies, including emerging forms of AI.
At Monash University, she leads the Energy Futures research program in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, which is investigating how people will live in the future with energy, automation and other emerging technologies. Yolande is the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Information Technology and an Associate Director (Consumers) at the Monash Energy Institute.
She has led many applied projects with Australian energy industry partners including Energy Consumers Australia, Ausgrid, Transgrid, AusNet, Powercor and consumer advocacy organisations. Her books include The Smart Wife (MIT Press 2020, co-authored with Dr Jenny Kennedy) and Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life (Palgrave McacMillan 2013).
Technologies and business models to support the transformation
The energy transformation involves greater decentralisation of energy generation and changing patterns of energy consumption. From virtual power plants, new battery technologies, to vehicle to grid solutions, our panellists will discuss how these technologies can help transform our power system, reduce energy costs and lower emissions from the energy sector.