Project status: Completed

The Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a heterogenous inner-city master-planned community that provides a unique chance to research the intersection of new media opportunities (e.g., internet and mobile phone applications) and the challenges of new urban developments. Using social network theory, the study will map the communicative ecologies of urban residents and the way they access and use the cultural, educational, and civic assets in their locale.

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Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP0663854
Research team
QUT External collaborators Professor Steffen Lehmann
Organisational unit
Lead unit Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation Other units
Start date
1 January 2006
End date
31 December 2008
urban informatics


The project will employ a new methodological approach that connects new media, community intervention and urban studies paradigms. The resulting cross-disciplinary framework designed to stimulate socio-economic innovation will lead to urban sustainability and healthier local economies.

Mapping - Kelvin Grove map

This study will deliver a better understanding of the factors that stimulate an innovation culture in local communities. It will develop knowledge of how social, cultural, educational, economic capital can be of service in encouraging public consultation, civic engagement and debate, and assist Australians to be creative and innovative in everyday life.

Understanding the opportunities of social networks will help Australians negotiate the complex web of daily choices, access a greater social safety net, participate in the socio-cultural and socio-economic life in their city. This will lead to greater social inclusion, fair access to and smart use of local information and services, urban sustainability and healthier local economies.


Publications and output

Klaebe, H., Adkins, B., Foth, M., & Hearn, G. (2009). Embedding an Ecology Notion in the Social Production of Urban Space. In M. Foth (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City (pp. 179-194). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. ISBN 978-1-60566-152-0.

Foth, M., Choi, J. H.-j., Bilandzic, M., & Satchell, C. (2008, Oct 7-9). Collective and Network Sociality in an Urban Village. In A. Lugmayr (Ed.), Proceedings ACM SIGCHI MindTrek conference (pp. 179-183). Tampere, Finland.

Foth, M., & Podkalicka, A. (2007, Sep 24-25). Communication Policies for Urban Village Connections: Beyond Access? In F. Papandrea & M. Armstrong (Eds.), Proceedings Communications Policy & Research Forum (CPRF) (pp. 356-369). Sydney, NSW.

Klaebe, H., Foth, M., Burgess, J., & Bilandzic, M. (2007, Sep 23-26). Digital Storytelling and History Lines: Community Engagement in a Master-Planned Development. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM), Brisbane, QLD. (eprints >)

Klaebe, H., & Foth, M. (2007). Connecting Communities Using New Media: The Sharing Stories Project. In L. Stillman & G. Johanson (Eds.), Constructing and Sharing Memory: Community Informatics, Identity and Empowerment (pp. 143-153). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1-84718-277-1.

Foth, M., & Adkins, B. (2006). A Research Design to Build Effective Partnerships between City Planners, Developers, Government and Urban Neighbourhood Communities. Journal of Community Informatics, 2(2), 116-133.

Gaved, M. B., & Foth, M. (2006, Nov 2-3). More Than Wires, Pipes and Ducts: Some Lessons from Grassroots Initiated Networked Communities and Master-Planned Neighbourhoods. In R. Meersman, Z. Tari, P. Herrero et al. (Eds.), On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2006: OTM 2006 Workshops (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 4277, pp. 171-180). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Klaebe, H., & Foth, M. (2006, Oct 9-11). Capturing Community Memory with Oral History and New Media: The Sharing Stories Project. In L. Stillman & G. Johanson (Eds.), Proceedings 3rd International Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference. Prato, Italy: Monash University. (eprints >)

Foth, M., & Adkins, B. (2005, Aug 24-26). A Research Design to Build Effective Partnerships between City Planners, Developers, Government and Urban Neighbourhood Communities. In G. Erwin, W. Taylor, A. Bytheway & C. Strumpfer (Eds.), Proceedings 2nd International Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference (pp. 341-354). Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Peninsula University of Technology.