As has become tradition, another member of the QUT Urban Informatics Research Lab will be visiting the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford. On this occasion, 3rd year Ph.D. Candidate Carlos Estrada Grajales will have the privilege of joining the prestigious and highly competitive Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP), which offers up to 30 places for doctoral candidates around the world. Carlos is currently undertaking his research on facilitating social inclusion strategies for underrepresented urban populations using digital platforms and co-creation of spatial narratives. Carlos has been awarded a Creative Industries Supervisor Scholarship to participate in the programme in July 2016.
The OII programme brings together researchers interested in exploring socio-cultural, political, economic and technological impacts, constraints and affordances of the online life. Urban Informatics Research (UIR) Lab members have been actively participating in the OII SDP since 2004 when current Director of the QUT Design Lab, Prof. Marcus Foth, was part of the second cohort. Other members who have experienced the benefits of the intense academic environment of the OII SDP include current UIR Lab Director Dr. Jaz Choi who was selected to attend in 2007, UIR Lab alumni Dr. Mark Bilandzic and Dr. Richard Medland in 2011, and UIR Lab Ph.D candidates Glenda Caldwell and Fabius Steinberger in 2015.
In this academically nurturing atmosphere, Carlos will have the opportunity to share his research experience on the role of internet platforms for underrepresented citizens to actively engage with reflections on the future of urban space with colleagues and experts around the world.