Dr Marcus Foth is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Dr Foth is also the recipient of an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship supported under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery funding scheme (DP0663854). Employing human-centered and participatory design methods, his research pioneers new development approaches towards interactive social networking systems informed by community, social, and urban studies.

Dr Foth has published over thirty articles in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings in the last three years, and is currently editing a book on Urban Informatics to be published by IGI Global in 2008. He received a PhD in digital media and urban sociology from QUT. He is a member of the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association.

As an OII Visiting Fellow, Dr Foth will study opportunities of internet technology to support social networks of urban residents in Mexico, South Africa, Australia, and the UK. The design of internet technology to facilitate social interaction in inner-city neighbourhoods is increasingly important for many countries. Mexico and South Africa are particularly prone to issues that stem from urban densification and a lack of adequate affordable housing. Governments look at information and communication technology to take on a mediating and facilitating role. This study brings together the expertise of researchers from four continents in a two year collaborative project under the leadership of Dr Foth. The team will select and examine local case studies to prepare an international comparison of community networking approaches.

Positions held at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, July – October 2007


  • The Second Life of Urban Planning

    Recorded: 4 June 2009

    Duration: 00:39:14

    A demonstration of the value of various tools and services (eg Second Life) for engaging people in novel and participatory planning exercises, and for investigating how the public interpret and understand proposed urban designs and urban planning.

  • Urban Informatics: The Internet, locative media and mobile technology for urbanites

    Recorded: 15 August 2007

    Duration: 01:18:39

    Marcus Foth discusses urban informatics projects that explore the communicative ecology of urban residents, community engagement using public history and digital storytelling, and social navigation for mobile urban information systems.