Claude Fortin

An interdisciplinary scholar, Claude Fortin is a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellow since 2016. She holds an MA in Communication from Carleton University and a PhD in Interactive Arts & Technology from Simon Fraser University. Looking for ways to effectively bridge the gap between the expert top-down approaches to new media technology design and the bottom-up community digital practices that shape in situ usages, she adapted a multisited design ethnographic approach to public space during her doctoral program. The core site of her fieldwork was Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles. In 2014, Claude was also a visiting research fellow at the Research Unit in Public Cultures housed in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, in Australia. At McGill University, she pursues design research and aesthetics inquiries on interactive digital technologies. In particular, she investigates how their public vocation, social affordances and data flows at the scale of the built environment has the potential to make smart cities more socially intelligent through place-making.