Shanti Sumartojo

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20132020

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Biography

My research explores how people experience their spatial surroundings, including both material and immaterial aspects, with a particular focus on the built environment, design and technology and using ethnographic methodologies. My empirical interests include: public memorials and commemoration; spatial experience understood through the conceptual frame of ‘atmosphere’; and how data and digital technologies co-constitute our experience of our surroundings. I am the author or editor of seven books, most recently and Atmospheres in the Experiential World: Theory and Methods (2018, with Sarah Pink) and The Exchange at Knowledge Market: An Urban Living Lab (2019, with Ross McLeod, Charles Anderson and Natasha Sutila).

A focus in 2020 will be new work that explores the effect of robots on shared public environments. This interdisciplinary research will develop innovative new methodologies and identify policy implications for these increasingly present public technologies. Another ongoing stream of research addresses how people encounter and make sense of designed environments and their atmospheres, including light and lighting design and temporary architectural installation. A third area is concerned with healthcare environments, and how their design can contribute to forms of wellbeing. All three areas are linked by methodologies that include sensory and design ethnography, and research projects are often funded by and conducted in collaboration with external industry and international academic partners.

I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students in these areas.

Education/Academic qualification

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

  • Atmospheres
  • Commemoration
  • Public Space
  • Design Ethnography

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Research Output

Atmospheres of care in a psychiatric inpatient unit

Sumartojo, S., Pink, S., Duque, M. & Vaughan, L., 2020, In : Design for Health. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Making Spaces for Staff Breaks: A Design Anthropology Approach

Pink, S., Duque, M., Sumartojo, S. & Vaughan, L., 2020, In : Health Environments Research and Design Journal. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The spaces and politics of affective nationalism

Antonsich, M., Skey, M., Sumartojo, S., Merriman, P., Closs Stephens, A., Tolia-Kelly, D. P., Wilson, H. F. & Anderson, B., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Togetherness after terror: The more or less digital commemorative public atmospheres of the Manchester Arena bombing’s first anniversary

Merrill, S., Sumartojo, S., Closs Stephens, A. & Coward, M., 2020, In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Atmospheres in Urban Light

Sumartojo, S., Edensor, T. & Pink, S., 2019, In : Ambiances. 5, 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities

  • 3 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Public outreach
  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Digital commemoration: a new way to remember victims of terrorism

Martin Coward (Contributor), , Angharad Closs Stephens (Contributor), , Sam Merrill (Contributor), & Shanti Sumartojo (Contributor)

22 May 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Everyday Multiculturalism in Urban Australia

Shanti Sumartojo (Contributor), & Tim Edensor (Contributor)

2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Design for Wellbeing Symposium

Shanti Sumartojo (Organiser)

7 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

City of Melbourne (External organisation)

Shanti Sumartojo (Member), , Joanne Mihelcic (Member), , Nicholas Walton Healey (Member), , Bianca Vallentine (Member), & Sarah Pink (Member)

2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Commemoration Reframed

Shanti Sumartojo (Organiser)

7 Sep 201628 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course