Professor of Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology

Marcus Foth is Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Professor Foth’s research brings together people, place, and technology. His transdisciplinary work is at the international forefront of human-computer interaction research and development with a focus on smart cities, community engagement, media architecture, internet studies, ubiquitous computing, and sustainability.

Professor Foth founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT in 2006. Ahead of their time and before the term “smart cities” became popular, the lab pioneered a new field of study and practice: Urban informatics examines people creating, applying and using information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments.

Professor Foth has received over $5 million in national competitive grants and industry funding. He received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013, and was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.

In 2015, in collaboration with the Open Data Institute Queensland, Professor Foth brought the international Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network to Australia with the goal of implementing open standards and creating an open smart city market based on the needs of cities and communities.

In 2017, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) made Professor Foth a fellow for “a sustained and distinguished contribution to the field of computer science. Foth is the international thought leader who coined the term urban informatics – now adopted by universities and industry worldwide. Foth’s work makes clear how academic research can successfully respond to societal challenges.”

In 2017, Professor Foth has also been appointed to the Built Environment Task Force of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.

Professor Foth has authored and co-authored over 180 publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He is the 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).

Professor Foth chaired or co-chaired the Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, OZCHI 2009, the 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T) 2011, FoodCHI 2014, and the ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) conference 2016.

Professor Foth has been giving invited keynote talks and presentations at leading research institutions, including Aalto University Helsinki, Aarhus University, Harvard University, IT University of Copenhagen, KAIST, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tsinghua University, University of Oulu, University of Oxford.


  • 2014–present
    Professor of Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2016–present
    Honorary Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2016–2017
    Director, QUT Design Lab
  • 2015–2016
    Research Leader (Design), Queensland University of Technology
  • 2006–2016
    Director, QUT Urban Informatics
  • 2013–2013
    Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 2013–2013
    Professor in Residence, University of Oulu, Finland
  • 2007–2007
    Visiting Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK


  • 2006 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD
  • 2002 
    Furtwangen University, Germany, BCompSc(Hons)
  • 2002 
    Queensland University of Technology, MA
  • 2000 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Multimedia

Professional Memberships

  • European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS) – Fellow
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – Senior Member

Research Areas

  • Digital And Interaction Design (120304)
  • Computer Human Interaction (080602)
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)