Hi there, I'm Arlene Oetomo
pronounced ar-LEEN  OO-tow-mow (“oe” is pronounced like “oo” in “loose”)
Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet.
I am a settler, cis woman, able-bodied, middle-class, child of immigrants of the Asian diaspora, living and working on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Lenaapeewak people of Turtle Island. This land is known as Treaty 29 Territory, colonially known as southwestern Ontario, Canada. I was born and grew up on the 'Dish With One Spoon Territory' know today as Toronto. I hope you enjoy the beauty of Turtle Island and our planet through the images shared.
Most of my time is spent being a climate change and public health researcher as PhD candidate in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. My research lies at the intersections of health, technology and the climate crisis. Taking an intersectional and multidisciplinary approach, I'm examining ways to strengthen current heat health warning systems using data from the Internet of Things (IoT) like smart home thermostats and social media as a way to explore collective understanding on the dangers of heatwaves. Please click here to learn more about my research.