Geocultural Research & the New Spatial Turn: Understanding Socio-Cultural Phenomena through Geovisualisation

Geocultural Research & the New Spatial Turn

This project investigates how geo-spatial technologies (such as GIS, locative media, GPS, satellite imagery, and remote sensing) have been and can be brought into the media, communication, cultural studies, and design research paradigms as tools that provide a more spatially nuanced understanding of cultural phenomena. Fostering links between QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre, Design Lab, Urban Informatics Research Lab, and geospatial research and development bodies such as the CRC for Spatial Information, this project


  • reviews current state-of-the-art uses of geospatial technologies and geovisualisation techniques.
  • develops and feeds into a number of case studies that explore the potential of digital spatial approaches and applications, such as the Mapping G20 project (, which mapped, in close to real time, the social media activity surrounding the G20 Leaders’ Summit, held in Brisbane in mid-November 2014.
  • develops a series of training workshops and a theoretical and methodological toolkit for geospatial research in media, communication, and cultural studies and urban informatics.

Funding / Grants

  • VC Research Fellowship (2014 - 2017)