Professor Marcus Foth

Professor Marcus Foth
BMultimedia Griffith, BCompSc(Hons) Germany, MA PhD QUT, JP(Qual.) Qld, FACS CP, FQA, MACM (Dist.), MDIA
+61 7 3138 8772
2 George St, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
Achievement Highlights
ARC College of Expert Member

Since 2021, I serve on the Australian Research Council’s College of Expert. To support the advancement of knowledge and contribute to national innovation, the ARC engages an ARC College of Experts to play a key role in identifying research excellence. Its members are experts of international standing drawn from the Australian research community: from higher education, industry and public sector research organisations.

Good Design Australia Awards

In 2020, the QUT BeefLedger project I led was recognised as a Good Design Australia Award Winner in the commercial services category, and the BeefLegends community engagement component won a Good Design Australia Award in the design strategy category.

Fellow of the ACS

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) made me a Fellow for “a sustained and distinguished contribution to the field of computer science. Foth is the international thought leader who coined the term urban informatics – now adopted by universities and industry worldwide. Foth’s work makes clear how academic research can successfully respond to societal challenges.”


My h-index is currently 61 with 12,000+ total citations (Google Scholar).

Tall Poppy

I received a Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013 by the Australian Institute of Policy & Science (AIPS) recognising Queensland’s best scientists, combining world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science.

Top thinker & innovator

In 2011, I was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.

Current Appointment
School of Design, QUT
Professor of Urban Informatics2014 – ∞
College of Arts and Media, Tongji University, China
Visiting Professor2022 – 2023
Past Appointments
School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
Honorary Professor2016 – 2021
School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Visiting Professor2019
School of Design, QUT
Founding Director, QUT Design Lab2016 – 2017
School of Design, QUT
Research Leader (Design)2015
Computer Science & Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland
Professor in Residence2013
Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Visiting Professor2013
Australian Business Foundation, co-sponsored by the Aurora Foundation
Research Fellow on Innovation & Cultural Industries2011 – 2012
Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow2009 – 2014
Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
Queensland Government Smart Futures Fellow2009 – 2011
Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow2009 – 2011
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
Visiting Fellow2007
Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD)2006 – 2008
QUT, Australia

Towards a Design Methodology to Support Social Networks of Residents in Inner-City Apartment Buildings Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Initiative Scholarship [amongst the Top 10 PhD applicants] Scholarship from the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) Executive Dean’s Commendation for Higher Degree Research 2006

QUT, Australia
MA (Digital Media)2002

Backing up the Smart State: E-Security in Queensland’s Small and Medium Enterprises Grade Point Average (GPA): 7.00

Furtwangen University, Germany
BCompSc (Hons) (Media Informatics)2002

Diplom-Informatiker (FH) Medieninformatik equivalent to Bachelor of Computer Science (First Class Honours) (Media Informatics) equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA): 6.79 Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2002, Mayor of Furtwangen, Germany

Griffith University, Australia

Grade Point Average (GPA): 6.63 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence 2000