Dr Shanti Sumartojo examines the role of design and digital technology in shaping our experiences of public spaces, such as Australia’s ANZAC memorials.
atmosphere, public space, design, memory, spatial experience
Dr Sumartojo explores how people make sense of their surroundings and the role of design and digital technology in shaping these experiences. She focuses on official memory sites (such as ANZAC memorials), and has worked on projects in hospitals and urban public spaces in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Dr Sumartojo seeks to better understand people’s experiences of public space and the needs and perspectives of different users to inform thinking about public spaces by government, industry and social groups. She aims to improve public settings to address the needs of all their users. Dr Sumartojo has established on-going collaborations with partners in Victoria, France, Belgium and the UK.
Dr Sumartojo joined RMIT in 2013, following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Australian National University. She was a Fondation Aix-Marseille Université visiting research fellow in 2016. Dr Sumartojo has a significant publications record, including more than 25 book chapters and journal articles and five books.
Dr Sumartojo was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Media and Communication.