Ever inspired by cities which live and breathe their streets, Natalia departed her Melbourne home to be based in one of the world’s greatest urban laboratories - New York City. She joined Project for Public Spaces in 2012 as a Fellow, developing place-based research strategies and methods, including digital tools for community engagement and place evaluation.
With a background in social research, art and design, Natalia specializes in understanding user experience and enhancing public participation. Her research and projects span civic engagement, interactive media, ethnography and urban installations.
In life as an academic, she is a Research Associate at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, University of Melbourne, and an Adjunct Research Fellow at theSchool of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology. She has also completed a PhD, a study of museum visitor experience and screen-based art, contributed to a range of ethnographic studies about urban screens, broadcasting and social media, and coordinated tertiary courses in new media, policy, and urban culture. Natalia publishes about urbanism, art, media and politics, and recently co-edited a book about post-growth innovation, Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability (2011). As a social research consultant she has assisted government clients with audience research and communications strategy, and regularly works with non-profits dedicated to social innovation and community-oriented urban design.
With every observation, encounter and project, Natalia is, above all, an advocate for ‘the commons’, seeking ways that we can work collectively to turn our public spaces into thriving, vibrant places.
For recent projects, publications and inspiration, see http://www.astudioforallthings.com
2008, PhD, School of Culture and Communication/School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne
2003, Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Communications, University of Melbourne
2002, Diploma of Modern Languages (German), University of Melbourne
2001, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Media major), The Victorian College of the Arts and University of Melbourne