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Isabel Pedersen

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture

Communication and Digital Media Studies

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 503
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5874


Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, is the Director of the Decimal Lab at Ontario Tech University. She is also an Associate of the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University and York University. Currently, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant for her research into wearable media. She studies how humans are framed in light of the 'digital evolution' celebrated so extensively in mass communication venues. As technological advancements occur, we adopt new or future technologies before we ever see, touch or experience them, which instigates changes in our values, culture, identity and everyday life. While the digital turn often betters society, other consequences to human participants are often ignored or simply go unexplored. In the fall of 2014, Dr. Pedersen was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media. Currently, she researches critical dystopian film, transhumanist pondering, and brain interfaces that promise us dramatically divergent futures.


  • PhD, English Language and Literature University of Waterloo

Research and expertise

Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture focuses on wearable computers, networked culture, visual rhetoric and emergent media.


  • Selected publications

    Andrew Iliadis, Isabel Pedersen, The fabric of digital life: Uncovering sociotechnical tradeoffs in embodied
    computing through metadata. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 2018.

    Pedersen, Isabel. Developing social robots for aging populations: A literature review of recent academic sources, Sociology compass.

    Isabel Pedersen, Nathan Gale, Pejman Mirza-Babaei, and Samantha Reid, More than Meets the Eye: The Benefits of Augmented Reality and Holographic Displays for Digital Cultural Heritage. ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Vol. 10, No. 2, Article 11, Publication date: March 2017.

    Pedersen, Isabel. Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality Shifting Media, Parlor Press, 2013.