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Dr. Wallis Motta

Room TW1.8.01e
Department of Media and Communications

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

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Email: m.c.motta-guarneros@lse.ac.uk|

 

Wallis Motta

Biography

Wallis Motta is a Research Officer at the LSE Department of Media and Communications. She currently works with Dr. Myria Georgiou| and Prof. Sonia Livingstone| in the project: Community through digital Connectivity, Communication Infrastructure in Multicultural London|.

She previously worked as a Research Associate in The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at UCL, where she was responsible for community engagement in the www.screensinthewild.org| project.

She has been Visiting Lecturer at Riga Stradinis University (2013) and Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge (2007). She has worked in industry as Senior Planner in advertising agencies like DDB and JWT, as well as a Market Research consulting expert for Flamingo International.

Wallis earned her PhD in Anthropology at UCL (2011). She has an MA in Material and Visual Culture (UCL) and a BSc in Communication Sciences (Universidad Iberoamericana).

Research interests

As an anthropologist Wallis is particularly interested in city development, entrepreneurialism, innovation, cultural and social change. In her PhD thesis she studied the construction of Cambridge city as a Technopole, and the emergence of a local high-tech start-up culture rooted in scientific values. Her dissertation aimed to critique the ways in which the discipline of Anthropology has portrayed entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs through an exotic lens. She insisted it is important to examine entrepreneurship not only considering culturally deviant populations, but also as happening in more prominent and mainstream institutions, like Universities, private corporations, regional development agencies, NGOs and other professional support networks within the city. Ultimately entrepreneurship in Cambridge has emerged as an alternative cultural idiom, which is simultaneously a radically innovative proposition and a conservative effort. Entrepreneurship provides the residents of Cambridge a way to manage tensions and anxieties regarding the reproduction of privilege, enabling to better position themselves and their city as prominent actors to address 21st century challenges.

In her current work Wallis is developing a better understanding of communication infrastructure, place-making, community building, knowledge sharing, resource mapping, multiculturalism, social capital, social innovation and new media.

Publications

  • Exploring the effect of spatial layout on mediated urban interactions
    Behrens, Moritz, Fatah gen. Schieck, Ava, Kostopoulou, Efsathia, North, Steve, Motta, Wallis, Ye, Lei and Schnadelbach, Holger (2013) Exploring the effect of spatial layout on mediated urban interactions. In: Ojala, Timo, Want, Roy, Schilit, Bill, Müller, Jörg and Lea, Rodger, (eds.) PerDis 2013: Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2013: June 4-5 2013, Mountain View, CA, USA. ACM, New York, USA, pp. 79-84. ISBN 9781450320962
  • Considering communities, diversity and the production of locality in the design of networked urban screens
    Motta, Wallis, Schieck, Ava Fatah gen, Schnädelbach, Holger, Kostopoulou, Efstathia, Behrens, Moritz, North, Steve and Ye, Lei (2013) Considering communities, diversity and the production of locality in the design of networked urban screens. In: Kotzé, Paul, Marsden, Gary, Lindgaard, Gitte, Wesson, Janet and Winckler, Marco, (eds.) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part I. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(8117). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Germany, pp. 315-322. ISBN 9783642404825
  • Tension space analysis: exploring community requirements for networked urban screens
    North, Steve, Schnädelbach, Holger, Schieck, Ava Fatah gen, Motta, Wallis, Ye, Lei, Behrens, Moritz and Kostopoulou, Efstathia (2013) Tension space analysis: exploring community requirements for networked urban screens. In: Kotzé, Paula, Marsden, Gary, Lindgaard, Gitte, Wesson, Janet and Winckler, Marco, (eds.) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part II. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(8118). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Germany, pp. 81-98. ISBN 9783642404795
  • Measuring the efficiency of water utilities: a cross-national comparison between Portugal and Italy
    da Cruz, Nuno Ferreira, Marques, Rui Cunha, Romano, Giulia and Guerrini, Andrea (2012) Measuring the efficiency of water utilities: a cross-national comparison between Portugal and Italy. Water Policy, 14 (5). p. 841. ISSN 1366-7017
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