Shanti Sumartojo

Shanti is a human geographer and Associate Professor of Design Research at Monash Art, Design and Architecture. In the Emerging Technologies Research Lab she leads the Future Shared Environments research program.

Her research focuses on how people experience their spatial surroundings, and how this connects to temporality, design and technology. She has written extensively on the links between the built environment, sensory experience and national identity at commemorative sites, as well as the atmospheres of urban public spaces. Her work considers the role of digital technologies in shaping how places feel to people, and she uses digital sensory and design ethnographic methodologies. She collaborates with national and international colleagues in academia and the public sector, and undertakes industry-partnered projects, most recently in Australia with the City of Melbourne and Lendlease.

Shanti holds a PhD in Sociology from the Australian National University (2011) and has been a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at RMIT University (2017-2018) and a Fondation Université Aix-Marseilles Visiting Fellow (2016). Her recent books include Atmospheres and the Experiential World: Theory and Methods (with Sarah Pink) and Experiencing 11 November: Commemoration and the First World War Centenary (2020).

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Advisory Boards & Committees

  • Editorial Advisory Board Member for Social and Cultural Geography journal (2020-2023)