Fiona McDermott is a Research Fellow at CONNECT, the Research Centre for Future Communications and Networks at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her research explores emerging internet technologies from an interdisciplinary perspective, paying attention to the environmental, spatial and socio-cultural dimensions of technological development. She lectures in Critical Practices of the Environment and Ecology in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design Dublin.
She is a member of the curatorial team for the Irish National Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021 and co-editor of the book, States of Entanglement: Data in the Irish Landscape (Actar Publishers, 2021). As a 2017-2018 Environmental Protection Agency sponsored Fulbright visiting scholar at the School of Media Studies, the New School in New York City, she studied the application of digital sensing to urban infrastructures in the public realm. Previously she worked as a researcher at the University of Limerick, Ireland and before engaging in academia, she worked for urban design practices in Germany, Denmark and the UK.