Dr. Tracey Lauriault is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data in the School of Journalism and Communication, Communication Studies, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is also a Research Associate with the Programmable City Project (funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and based at the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland), and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada).
Her research focus is part of a new field entitled critical data studies and she is actively engaged in public policy research as it pertains to data with civil society and government. Her ongoing research with the Programmable City Project is in the area of Political Arithmetic, Territorial Geometry and Programmed Cities. In addition, she is conducting a study on the making of the Irish small area file. At the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), she participates in research regarding the archiving and preservation of geospatial data; legal and policy issues associated with geospatial, administrative and civil society data; olfactory cartography and cybercartography which includes the production of atlases such as the Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness. As a citizen, she is engaged in the promotion of evidence-informed decision-making as part of democratic deliberation and actively advances those issues within civil society organizations, academic institutions and government. This includes activities related to open data and open government in Canada, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.