Dr Marcos Dias

School of Communications


Marcos is an Assistant Professor in the DCU School of Communications. Prior to this position, he was a Lecturer in Media Studies in Maynooth University and Programme Director for the BA in Communications in Creative Media in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Marcos has previously worked as an architect in Sao Paulo and web designer in London, and has conducted research on citizen wellbeing, the impact of media technologies in urban space and performance art. during his PhD studies, Marcos conducted ethnographic research on performance art interventions in urban space that enable reflection on our use of technologies.

He holds a BA in Architecture and City Planning (University of Sao Paulo), BSc in Digital Media Design and Production (Letterkenny Institute of Technology), MSc in Interactive Digital Media (Trinity College Dublin) and a PhD in Media Studies (University of Melbourne). Marcos is Vice-Chair of the  European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Media, Cities and Spaces Section.

He was a recipient of the Gene Burd Track on Media and Urban Life Award from the Urban Affairs Association (2012) and the inaugural RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) Fellowship (2013). Marcos organised the DCU Synthetic City 2023 conference, which explored the impact of AI and digital media on urban living and has been an invited speaker for the Architecture at the Edge 2023 festival to talk about remapping practices as a form of critic al engagement with urban space.


His research expertise includes the social and spatial impact of digital technologies on urban living, citizen wellbeing and community engagement through collaborative and performance art projects. In his recent book—The Machinic City: Media, Performance and Participation (Manchester University Press, 2021)—Marcos investigates the potential of performance art as a means of reflection on contemporary urban living and its assemblages of human and machine agency.

He has published several articles on Internet studies, performance art in urban space and urban interfaces. Marcos was Co-PI on the PUDU C-19 project (in collaboration with Dublin City Council) that investigated the changing patterns of urban park usage in Dublin during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is PI on the Community Engagement Through Performance Art (CEPA) project funded by the Irish New Foundations 2022 award and DCU coordinator and partner on the Digital Media Network Doctoral Experience (Dimendx) project funded by the ECIU SMART-ER Seed Programme.

Contact Details

  • marcos.dias@dcu.ie
  • 01 700 6961