PROF Scott McQuire

PROF Scott McQuire


  • New media and Digital media; media and urban space; networked culture; urban communication; digital storytelling (mobile media; locative media; social media; media theory; media art; digital cinema)



  • Scott McQuire is Professor of Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the founders of the Research Unit for Public Cultures which fosters interdisciplinary research at the nexus of digital media, contemporary art, urbanism, and social theory. His research explores the social effects of media technologies, with particular attention to their impact on the social relations of space and time, the formation of identity, and the functioning of contemporary cities. Scott is the author of Visions of Modernity: Representation, Memory, Time and Space in the Age of the Camera (1998), The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (2008), which won the 2009 Jane Jacobs Publication Award offered by the Urban Communication Foundation,  Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space (2016), and most recently Art Seen Under Digital Light: Photography, The Image, and the Aesthetics of Data (2018). The Media City has been translated into Chinese (2011, 2014) and Russian (2014) and Geomedia has been translated into Russian (2018) and Chinese (2019).Scott  is also the editor of Empires Ruins + Networks: The Transcultural Agenda in Art (with Nikos Papastergiadis, 2005) and the Urban Screens Reader (with Meredith Martin and Sabine Niederer, 2009), and has published over 100 essays in refereed journals, edited books and exhibition catalogues. He has been Chief Investigator on nine Australian Research Council grants, including a current project on Creative Precincts and Urban Space. Scott was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2013.   


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

    • Australia Council for the Arts, 2005, $5000 for 'Empires, Ruins and Networks' conference publication (with Professor Nikos Papastergiadis)
    • ARC LIEF 2004  (LE0453517) ‘240 x 360 Degree Digital Video Camera for Interactive Immersive Visualization Research Applications’,  $205, 800 (one of 11 CIs)
    • ARC Linkage Project 2004-2005, (LP0453638), ‘Reformulating Museological Narrative Using Three Models of cCnematic Interactivity’,  $128 205 (One of 10 CIs)
    • Australia Council for the Arts 2004, $77 000 for ‘Diasporic Networks’ (with Professor  Nikos Papastergiadis and Dr. Geert Lovink)
    • ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2001, ‘Space, Place and Identity in the Information Age’,  School of Social inquiry, Deakin University (sole CI). 


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1995

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2013
  • Jane Jacobs Publication Prize presented at National Communication Association convention, Chicago., Urban Communication Foundation, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising projects in the field of digital media, networked society and digital images. One strand of my research focuses on the intersection of media and cities, and extends to urban communication, media and architecture and communicative cities. A second strand concerns digital media art, including large-scale public art as well as the new forms of sociality emerging from circulating and archiving digital images in the context of social media applications and services. Finally, I have a broad interest in different aspects of the networked society, including the effect on traditional media sectors and the emergence of new practices of content creation, new business models and regulatory settings.