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Grounded in human geography, and with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship, my research includes theoretically-informed inquiry into the entanglements of the spatial, digital, sensory and affective in people’s experiential worlds. I investigate how people experience and understand design and technology in their surroundings, particularly in shared, public spaces and events.
My research takes place in a range of settings, scales and technologies. I have a longstanding research interest in the digital aspects of spatiality, aimed at understanding how people use, experience and imagine technology. A current focus is the use and impact of robots in public space, and the implications for new forms of human-robot collaboration.
Another enduring research interest is in memorial and heritage sites, investigating how their distinct affective and sensory affordances contribute to feelings of identity and collectivity. My reframing of state commemoration foregrounds its experiential aspects, including the contributions of digital technologies, and shows how these complicate its narration and political deployment.
My research is conducted through inventive digital, visual, sensory and design ethnographic methodologies, approaches that many of my PhD students also employ. I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students.
Sociology, PhD, Australian National University
Award Date: 15 Jun 2011
Nationalism Studies, MSc, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 1 Sep 1996
Sociology/Anthropology, BA, Carleton College
Award Date: 1 Jun 1992
Research area keywords
- Public Space
- Design Ethnography
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24/09/20 → 30/09/21
Stephens, A. C., Coward, M., Merrill, S. & Sumartojo, S., 1 Mar 2021, In: International Political Sociology. 15, 1, p. 22-40 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access
Sumartojo, S., 2021, 1 ed. Oxon, UK: Routledge. 234 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Edited Book › Other › peer-review
Sumartojo, S. & Graves, M., 2021, In: Social and Cultural Geography. 22, 2, p. 231-249 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Sumartojo, S., 2021, Experiencing 11 November 2018: Commemoration and the First World War Centenary. Sumartojo, S. (ed.). Oxon, UK: Routledge, p. 148-159 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (Book) › Research › peer-review
Martin Coward (Contributor), Angharad Closs Stephens (Contributor), Sam Merrill (Contributor) & Shanti Sumartojo (Contributor)22 May 2018
Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and Events › Public outreach
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1 item of Media coverage