Marcus Foth

Marcus Foth is a Professor in Interactive and Visual Design at QUT.

Foth is i/Director of the QUT Design Lab and founder and former director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab.

Foth’s unique research focus is on the relationships between people, place and technology. In particular, he adopts human-computer interaction and design methodologies in order to investigate the growing issues that face our cities. Some of his recent work has engaged in developing practical approaches to these complex urban problems. For example:

·       Urban planning – new approaches to community participation and engagement.

·       Environmental sustainability – new strategies for energy monitoring in domestic settings.

·       Food futures – new ideas to re-think eating, cooking and growing food in the city.

·       Collaboration and co-working spaces – new aspirations for libraries in the 21st century.

Throughout his successful research career Foth has received a number of grants and awards for his research, including, the Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award in 2013. He has an extensive number of publications, having authored and co-authored over 150 journals, books and conference proceedings.

For example, he is editor of the Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics (IGI 2009), co-author of Action Research and New Media (Hampton Press 2009), co-editor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011), Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions (MIT Press 2014), and Citizen’s Right to the Digital City (Springer, 2015).

Foth originally started at Griffith University where he completed a Bachelor of Multimedia, before progressing to a Bachelor of Computer Science from the Furtwagen University in Germany. He then began his career at QUT with a Master of Arts in digital media followed by a PhD, titled, Towards a Design Methodology to Support Social Networks of Residents in Inner-City Apartment Buildings. 

To read more about Foth’s research and career path visit his website and check him out on twitter @sunday9pm.