This track is an opportunity to present concrete practice-based cases within communities and technologies contexts. Submissions engaging with the conference theme “Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech” are especially welcomed. Following the experience from C&T 2019, Case Studies in C&T 2021 also welcome two types of submission. Research Case Studies are peer-reviewed contributions that present practice-based, original, and inspiring examples of engagements with communities and technologies. Community Case Studies are curated contributions that illustrate an idea, initiative, or outcome relevant to C&Ts while allowing for convivial and informal discussions between civil society and research.

Research and Community Case Studies

  • Research Case Studies describe concrete applications, interventions, or engagements which are methodologically sound and provide critical reflections on relations between communities and technologies. They differ from regular research papers in that Case Studies do not need to define themselves as part of the potentially longer-term body of academic research. Also, they might not have a literature review as extensive as regular research papers, or might not explicitly add to C&T theory within an academic school of thought. Papers submitted as a research case study can, for example, describe an application of a technology in practice; analyse the organizational, civic, and/or commercial relations in specific communities and technologies; or reflect on the implications and challenges experienced when engaging with practice-based research. 
  • Community Case Studies present and discuss project outcomes and ideas, campaign goals and design, public interventions, manifestos, community engagement that involve technologies in community relations. Contributions are welcome from a wide variety of non-academic actors such as (but not limited to) civic society, NGOs, cooperatives, activists, journalists, and social entrepreneurs. This submission format has been designed to maximize freedom of expression as well as inclusion and diversity of stories, communities, and approaches.

Important dates

  • March, 12th 2021: Research and Community Case Studies due
  • April, 16th 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • April, 30th 2021: Camera-ready for Research Case Studies

Submission procedure

Selection process

  • Research Case Studies will be peer-reviewed by two members of the Programme Committee, with an additional meta review form the Case Studies chairs for final decision on acceptance or rejection. Upon acceptance, papers will be published in the ACM and EUSSET Digital Library as part of the conference proceedings. Case Studies will be assessed on the extent to which they:
  • relate to the conference general theme,
  • tell a convincing story of a technology-mediated community practice,
  • report on specific communities or experiences,
  • clearly describe challenges and limitations to the reported experience or project,
  • focus on lessons learned and reflections on experiences
  • Community Case Studies will be curated by the co-chairs (in coordination with other relevant conference chairs). The selection process will consider originality, relevance, and ability to foster discussions and engage with different audiences (researchers, civil society, citizens). Authors can expect to receive light feedback on their submissions, but not a full and detailed review assessment. These submissions will not be published as part of the conference proceedings.

During the conference

  • Submissions accepted as Research Case Studies will be presented during the regular conference sessions.
  • Submissions accepted as Community Case Studies will be presented in their dedicated session during the main conference programme. Authors can choose from a variety of formats to create adequate visibility of their cases to delegates at the conference. Case Studies chairs will coordinate with authors on acceptance about their desired presentation format(s) at the conference.


Please send any questions and inquiries to the Case Studies chairs at

Case Studies Chairs

  • Maria Menendez-Blanco, Assistant Professor at  the Computer Science department of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  • Giacomo Poderi, Assistant Professor, Digital Design Department, IT University of Copenhagen

Registration and attendance 

At least one of the authors of accepted submissions to the Research as well as Community Track should register to the conference to participate either in person or remotely. Check the registration page for further details on early bird dates, registration fees, and updated Covid-19 contingency plans.

Fees and travel

Accepted submissions to the Research as well as Community Track will be able to send one delegate paying only the early-bird fee if registering within five business days after notifications of acceptance. Beyond that and for additional delegates the full conference fee will be required after the early-bird registration deadline. If you need additional conference fee or travel budget assistance, please contact us and we will try our best to assist you. There may be limited funds available to attract submissions from organizations from developing countries, if you are interested to explore this option please also contact us at the email provided below.