Carl DiSalvo

Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Email Address:
Office Location:
TSRB 328


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


Research Fields:
  • Digital Media
  • Media Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • United States
  • United States - Georgia
  • United States - Southeast
  • Environment
  • Community engagement
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Food Systems
  • Innovation
  • Media
  • Strategy
  • Sustainability
  • Wicked Problems


  • LCC-3705: Prin-Information Design
  • LCC-3710: Prin-Interaction Design
  • LCC-6311: Visual Culture & Design
  • LCC-6399: Discovery & Invention
  • LCC-6650: Project Studio
  • LMC-3833: Special Topics in STAC
  • LMC-6311: Visual Culture and Desi
  • LMC-6312: Dsgn Tech & Representati
  • LMC-6314: Design of Networked Medi
  • LMC-6650: Project Studio
  • LMC-6748: Social Justice & Design
  • LMC-6800: DM MS Project Course
  • PUBP-6748: Social Justice & Design