Researchers in this program focus on digital innovation, the expansion of information and cultural economies, the increasing globalisation of cities, and the diversification of forms of urban surveillance, securitisation and regulation.

The program also researches how we understand, interpret and conserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of our cities.


Democratic Urban Development in the Digital Age (DEMUDIG)


This international research project is examining citizens’ use of the Internet and social media to participate in urban development processes, and city governments’ efforts to engage and respond to citizens through these channels.

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs


A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.

Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries

2018 (ongoing)

The project aims to investigate the representation of histories and cultures of migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the National Library and select state library collections.

Analysing the Social and Economic Value of Community Playgroups


Community playgroups (CPs) are unique in Australia’s early years education and care environment. This project fills knowledge and policy gaps by appraising the social and economic value of CPs.

Collecting Institutions, cultural diversity and the making of citizenship in Australia since the 1970s


This project will analyse the innovative role played by the Australian collecting sector in documenting, promoting and managing cultural diversity.

Opportunity Spaces – Schools as Community Hubs


This project looks at renewed interest in developing schools as community hubs, analysing policy and practical dimensions of opening up schools for wider community use.

Practicing Safe Public Wi-Fi: Assessing and Managing Data and Security Risks


This project will produce the first Australian analysis of public Wi-Fi use, and the security and legal risks associated with the use patterns of public networks.

Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure – the Australian Case


This project is researching the current surge in government, market and community investment in public Wi-Fi in Australia.

The impacts of internationalising universities on urban transformation


This research outlines the development of university towns in China, using a case study of the Dushu Lake Higher Education Town, Suzhou in China.

Where do the Children Play? Facilities and Venues for Community Playgroups


This project analyses trends in the provision and management of community facilities impacting on the organisation of community playgroups in Australia.

Key People

Lead researcher

Dr Ian McShane

Dr Ian McShane

Deputy Director & Convenor of Urban Cultures and Technologies Program


Higher Degree by Research Candidates

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