Thomas Lodato

Research Scientist

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • School of Public Policy
  • Center for Urban Innovation
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Thomas James Lodato is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

His research focuses on the contemporary work practices of design, the emerging civic context of design methods, and design(ing) as a metaphor for work(ing). He pays particular attention to discourses around design thinking, civics and civic innovation, and post-computational work (mobile, precarious, and contingent labor). Underwriting these interests is an attention to the materialities of design/work and the role of depictions (things, artifacts, and representations) in planning.

The lenses of the humanities, science and technology studies, media theory, design research/studies/management, and human-computer interaction frame this research. The research is also influenced by workplace ethnographies, studies of the everyday, and empirical design theory.

  • Ph.D. in Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. in Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Davidson College