Urban Media and Digital Geographies Research Group

The Urban Media and Digital Geographies (UM&DG) research group investigates the critical role played by space, place, and location within digital media and society.

UM&DG brings together a collaborative and cross-disciplinary group of researchers working across (i) digital geographies; (ii) urban informatics, smart cities, digital twins, and platform urbanism; and (iii) technological sovereignty and critical data studies.

Foregrounding location and the smart city as key sites where debates over privacy, surveillance capitalism, trust, and data governance, regulation, and sovereignty play out, the group works closely with industry and government, deploying a critical data studies lens and privacy by design approach to promote equitable data futures and build trust in digital systems.

2022 Showcase event:

Join us for the DMRC Urban Media and Digital Geographies Symposium 2022:

Where it’s at – Locating data futures in the digital economy

Key details: 

Date: Monday 14 November 2022

Time: 9.00 am – 5 pm

Location: QUT Kelvin Grove, Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct (E-Block), Level 5 Functions Space

DMRC research programs

This group contributes to the research within the following DMRC research programs:

Computational Communication & Culture

Digital Publics

Digital Inclusion Program

Governing Digital Societies 

Group Members

Affiliated members



Funded research projects connected to this research group include


Recent publications by this research group include


Recent and upcoming presentations by this research group include

  • Barns, Sarah (2022, 21 July) A new deal for city data? The case of Barcelona and the progressive data politics agenda. DMRC Research Seminar: QUT Industry Fellow Dr Sarah Barns (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76iWRXZ1qCI)
  • Mitchell, Peta, Rittenbruch, Markus, Foth, Marcus (2022, 23 June) From smart cities to digital town squares: DataCare as a model for community-led urban analysis. DMRC Research Seminar: The Digital Town Square. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQgnzC4_SQg)


For any enquiries about the Urban Media and Digital Geographies Research Group, please contact Peta Mitchell.