Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban Informatics Research Lab, Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research backgrounds spans information technology, multimedia, cultural studies, Asian studies, media and communication studies, and interaction design for urban environments. Her current research interests are in playful technology, particularly the ways in which various forms of playful interaction are designed, developed, and integrated in different cultural contexts.

Jaz’s doctoral research ‘Playpolis: Transyouth and Urban Networking in Seoul’ placed the notion of ‘play’ at the core of urban socio-cultural, technological, and economic sustainability debates by conceptualising the city as an intersecting network of people, place, and technology. It placed her at the forefront of transdisciplinary research on emerging digital lifestyles in urban environments, and she was subsequently awarded a competitive three year postdoctoral fellowship by the ARC working with educational, industry, and government partners to explore designing and developing playful ubiquitous technologies to cultivate sustainable food cultures in urban environments.

She is continuing to expand this area of her research at the OII in collaboration with colleagues across various disciplines such as sociology, human-computer interaction, media and cultural studies, and sustainability.

Research interests

Urban Informatics, play, sustainability, food, Human-Computer Interaction, user-centered design, Social Networking, ubiquitous computing

Positions held at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, October – December 2011


  • Urban Food Futures: ICTs and Opportunities

    14 December 2011

    This symposium brings together leading scholars across disciplines to address challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food and ICTs in everyday urban environment.