M. E. Luka
Dr. Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Luka is Postdoctoral Fellow for two Future Energy Systems’ Energy Humanities projects (iDoc and Speculative Energy Futures) and Feminist Energy Futures. Dr. Luka is a scholar, activist, and digital media producer with more than two decades of leadership experience in systems analysis, including cultural and social enterprises, broadcasting and telecommunications, and creative and strategic management policy, planning, and practice. She studies modes and meanings of creativity and innovation in the digital age to investigate how civic, culture, science, and business sectors are networked together. Her PhD dissertation, Towards Creative Citizenship—Collaborative Cultural Production at CBC ArtSpots, was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Her subsequent GRAND NCE Fellowship enabled a systems study and subsequent policy recommendations for contemporary digital TV, broadcasting, and telecommunications distribution. Dr. Luka’s recent Banting Fellowship, From Creative Citizenship to Globally-Networked Cultural Collaboration, launched two comparative international research projects: measures of success and limitations in state-of-the-art creative hubs and partnerships, mobilizing digital humanities, social sciences, and urban development practices; and leading practices in digital data management, including audience, client, and community engagement and feminist science and technology studies (STS). Dr. Luka is Chair of the Board for Arts Nova Scotia, the provincial funding agency, and a founding member of the public art and research group, Narratives in Space + Time Society, which intervenes in site-specific spaces to generate art and storytelling practices as modes of civic engagement, including through the use of GIS, augmented reality, digital media, and mobile-device software applications. NiS+ST recently launched a software app (Drifts, available in the App Store). In her roles at University of Alberta, Dr. Luka will apply her expertise to bringing FES and FEF engagements into the vanguard of today’s digital modes for scholarly and community reflection and dissemination.