My research is focused on the area of digital civics that emerges at the intersection of participatory design, digital democracy, and smart cities.
Through the Participatory Publics Lab (PPL) at Georgia Tech, I work with students and community members to build sociotechnical systems that support collective action through community and civic engagement. We do this through the practice of participatory design, co-creating new artifacts and technical forms with community members to assert identity, to contend with local issues, and to respect community emotions, beliefs, and desires.
My research touches a number of different domains, including: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Social Computing, Urban Informatics, Science and Technology Studies, Participatory Design, Design Research. I am the author of Designing Publics (2016, MIT Press).