Dr
Marcos
Dias

Primary Department
School of Communications
Role
Academic Staff
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Academic
Marcos Dias
Phone number: 01 700
6961
Campus
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
GLA C153

Academic biography

Marcos Dias is an Assistant Professor and Programme Chair of the BSc in Multimedia at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. He completed a PhD in Media Studies in the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2015 and a MSc with Distinction in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds a BA in Architecture and City Planning (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and a BA in Digital Media Design and Production-First Class Honours (Letterkenny Institute of Technology). His main research investigates the social and spatial impact of digital media in the contemporary mediated city. 

In his recent book The Machinic City: Media, Performance and Participation (Manchester University Press, 2021), Marcos investigates the potential of performance art to help us reflect on contemporary urban living and its assemblages of human and machine agency.

He is available to supervise multidisciplinary PhD projects in media and communication studies, with a particular interest in the impact of digital technologies in urban space and also the role of public play, participatory art interventions, urban activism and artificial intelligence in the city.

Marcos teaches on the BSc in Multimedia programme across a range of modules, including Media Spaces, Major Production Project, Information Design and Emerging Media. Prior to joining DCU, he was Lecturer in Media Studies in Maynooth University and Assistant Lecturer and Programme Director for the BA in Communications in Creative Media in DkIT. 

Marcos has previously worked as an architect and web designer and was an Editorial Board Member of the Platform Journal of Media and Communications (2010-2011). He is 
Vice-Chair of the  European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Media, Cities and Spaces Section.

Research interests

Marcos’s main research investigates the social and spatial impact of digital media in urban space He has a particular interest in participatory art performances, interactive installations, public play interventions, urban activism and the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on urban life. Marcos has published academic papers on Internet studies, performance studies, interactive art installations and mixed reality.

He has published three articles in RTE Brainstorm about city surveillance, the impact of robots in everyday life in the city and the changing patterns of park usage in Dublin during the COVID pandemic. His book The Machinic City: Media, Performance and Participation (Manchester University Press, 2021) investigates the potential of performance art to help us reflect on contemporary urban living and its assemblages of human and machine agency.

Marcos is interested in collaborations on both research-based and creative projects that analyse the role and impact of digital technologies in contemporary urban life. His research interests include performative arts, social interaction, media and urban studies, urban activism, artificial intelligence, pervasive media, Internet studies, screen studies, interactive digital design, science and technology studies and philosophy.

Marcos is available to supervise multidisciplinary PhD projects in media and communication studies, with a particular interest on the impact of digital technologies in urban space and also the role of public play, urban activism and participatory art interventions in the city.