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Laura Forlano

  • PhD/Postdoctoral Associate
  • Postdoctoral Associate
  • Cornell University
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Research interests

urbcollaboration and innovation; open innovation systems and social innovation/entrepreneurship; social computingwireless and pervasive computing technologies) and the role of space/place in communicationmobiletechnology (especiallyOrganizations


Laura Forlano is a writer, researcher and consultant based in New York City. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell University. In 2008-2009, she was Kauffman Fellow in Law at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Forlano received her Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University in 2008. Her dissertation, “When Code Meets Place: Collaboration and Innovation at WiFi Hotspots,” explores the intersection between organizations, technology (in particular, mobile and wireless technology) and the role of place in communication, collaboration and innovation. Forlano is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Design and Management department at Parsons and the Graduate Programs in International Affairs and Media Studies at The New School where she teaches courses on Innovation, New Media and Global Affairs, Technology and the City, Technology Policy, Sustainable Design and Business Ethics. She serves as a board member of NYCwireless and the New York City Computer Human Interaction Association. Forlano received a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Diploma in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Asian Studies from Skidmore College.

Co-authors (23)

  • Karin Hansson
  • Netsanet Getnet
  • jeremy hunsinger
  • Ingrid Erickson
  • Josh Greenberg

Publications (5)

  • Designing collaboration: Comparing cases exploring cultural probes as boundary-negotiating objects

    • Halpern M
    • Erickson I
    • Forlano L
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  • One university, two campuses: Initiating and sustaining research collaborations between two campuses of a single institution

    • Birnholtz J
    • Forlano L
    • Yuan Y
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  • WiFi Geographies: When code meets place

    • Forlano L
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  • Codespaces: Community wireless networks and the reconfiguration of cities

    • Forlano L
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  • Wi-Fi hotspots

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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Associate

Cornell University

October 2009 - Present

Education history


Columbia University

September 2001 - October 2008(7 years)