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Tracey Lauriault

Associate Professor
Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 7443
Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Tracey P. Lauriault
Associate Professor, Critical Media and Big Data
Cross Appointed to the MA in Digital Humanities
Faculty of the Institute for Data Science

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Dr. Lauriault is a critical data studies scholar who works on open data, big data, open smart cities, open government, data sovereignty, data preservation and data governance. Her ongoing research includes disaggregated equity data, digital twins, intersectional approaches to data governance, data invisibilities and the history of the census. As a publicly engaged scholar, she mobilizes her research into data and technology policy in all sectors. As a data and technological citizen, she examines large and small complex systems with the hope of making them more just, inclusive, equitable and environmentally sustainable.

Ongoing Funded Research

Scholarly Affiliations

  • Associate Member, Centre for Law, Technology and Society, Ottawa University
  • Professeure associée, Centre d’urbanization et culture et sociéte, Institute nationale de la recherche scientifique (NIRS), Montréal
  • Research Associate, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University
  • Research Associate, Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Republic of Ireland
  • Advisory Board, Institute for Data Science, Carleton University
  • Organizing Committee, Data Power Conference

Public Affiliations

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) Data and Technology Circle
  • Open Government Partnership Committee, Government of Ontario
  • Toronto Open Smart City Forum
  • DAMA National Capital Region Chapter (Data Management and Governance Association)

Sample of supervised research topics

  • Data brokers and mental health
  • Crisis communication in the energy sector
  • Robots in the delivery of humanitarian aid
  • Digital twins as a public good infrastructure
  • Indigenous data governance
  • Smart homes and the internet of torment
  • Open science
  • Open banking
  • Privacy and cybersecurity of smart grid metering
  • Technoscience of AI
  • AI and R & D clusters
  • and governing smart cities, internet regulation, folksonomies and hashtagging practices in social media, platform governance, local and traditional knowledge in atlases, data brokers and privacy, blockchain and finance, big data in South Africa, citizenship engagement in open government and more.


DATA5002 Data Science Ethics and Society

COMS5225 Critical Data Studies

COMS4407 Critical Data Studies in Communication

PAPM4000 Public Affairs and Policy Management Capstone

COMS3403 Culture, Technology and Society

COMS2200 Big Data and Society


  • Algonquin of Pikwakanagan
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland
  • European Union