Urban Informatics Research Lab, School of Design,
Queensland University of Technology
My research sits at the confluence of different fields, such as urban studies, cultural studies and critical theory, as well as technology use studies. It critically examines the production of techno-social imaginaries by marginalised populations in urban contexts. I am also focusing on the role and impact of location-based technologies and geo-media on the ways these groups experience their urban spaces. Grounded in Ethnographic Action Research, my research aims at exploring ways of engaging excluded individuals through novel forms of co-production of visual and textual narratives, creating opportunities to empower them to participate in policymaking processes. I envision my research as an opportunity to explore the affordances of digital and internet-based interactions to fight subtle forms of power imbalances, such as everyday discrimination and xenophobia in Australian cities believed to be multicultural and accepting.