Carl DiSalvo

Carl DiSalvo

Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Director, Public Design Workshop

Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a design research studio that explores socially engaged design and civic media. 

DiSalvo is also co-director of the Digital Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Center and its Digital Civics initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, and he leads the Serve-Learn-Sustain Fellows program, which brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to explore pressing social research themes (the 2016-2017 themes are Smart Cities and Food, Energy, Water, Systems). He has a courtesy appointment in the School of Interactive Computing and is an affiliate of the GVU Center and the Center for Urban Innovation.  DiSalvo also coordinates the Digital Media track of the interdisciplinary M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction. 

DiSalvo’s scholarship draws together theories and methods from design research and design studies, the social sciences, and the humanities, to analyze the social and political qualities of design, and to prototype experimental systems and services. Current research domains include civics, smart cities, the Internet of Things, food systems, and environmental monitoring. Across these domains, DiSalvo is interested in how practices of participatory and public design work to articulate issues and provide resources for new forms of collective action.  

Areas of Expertise:

  • Civic Media
  • Design
  • Design Studies
  • Digital Civics
  • Food Systems
  • Public And Civic IoT
  • Smart Cities

Office Location:
TSRB 328


  • Public Design Workshop
  • Google Scholar

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
    School of Literature, Media, and Communication
    Research Focus Areas:
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Human Augmentation
  • Platforms and Services for Socio-Technical Frontier
  • Shaping the Human-Technology Frontier
  • Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Additional Research:

    Design; Sustainability and Design; Design and the Humanities; New Media Art/Art and Technology; Public Enagagement with Technology; Participatory Media/Participatory Culture; Design and Culture/Society

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