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DR Dale Leorke


  • Media and communications (Digital media, mobile and location-aware technologies, digital games)
  • Sociology (social interaction, public space)
  • Urban Studies (History and theory of cities, digital infrastructure, smart cities)



  • Dale Leorke is a Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. His research investigates the implications of "open data" policies for city planning, through a comparative study of Australia and Singapore. His other research interests include mobile and location-based media, smart city planning, and the impact of digitisation on public libraries.

    Dale completed his PhD in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His thesis examines location-based gaming and play in public space, critiquing the discourse around games and artistic projects that use mobile and location-aware devices to bring digital play into physical spaces. His research interests span the fields of media and communications, urban studies, urban analytics and sociology.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • Ph.D., University of Melbourne 2015