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Casey Lynch

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Summary

I am an urban, political, and digital geographer interested in the ways that entangled processes of urban and technological change are differentially experienced-and potentially contested-by diverse communities. In particular, my research aims to understand the relationships of power through which particular visions of urban techno-futures come to monopolize popular imagination and guide policy and action, and to explore the multiplicity of political possibilities emergent from the co-evolution of humanity and technics. My work engages broader theoretical debates around questions of power, difference, space, and technology. I employ a broad range of qualitative methods, from ethnographic observation and interviews, to focus groups and discourse analysis.

My previous research projects have examined an alternative, community-based tech movement in Barcelona, and the politics around a techno-utopian city-building project in the Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras. I am now beginning work on two new projects. The first studies how municipal governments come to act as regulators of emerging digital technologies-reacting to developments in platform economies, facial recognition, predictive policing algorithms, autonomous vehicles, and robotics. The second project examines the social robotics industry, focusing in particular on the spatial logics on which social robotic design and human-robot social interaction are based, and on the current and possible future roles of social robots in urban life.

I am interested in advising graduate students on topics broadly related to cities and urbanization, political economy, digital technologies, feminist and queer theory, and other related areas. Please contact me via email to inquire about the M.S. or Ph.D. programs.

For an up-to-date CV, please contact me directly at caseylynch@unr.edu.

Research interests

Urban Geography, Digital Geographies, Political Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory

Courses taught

  • GEOG 452/652: Urban Geography
  • GEOG 418/618: Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 700: History and Nature of Geography

Education

  • PhD, Geography, University of Arizona, 2019
  • MA, Geography, University of Arizona, 2015
  • BA (hons), International Development Studies and Contemporary Studies, University of King's College and Dalhousie University, 2012

Select publications

  • Lynch, Casey R. (2021). Critical Geographies of Social Robotics. Digital Geography and Society, 2: 100010.
  • Lynch, Casey R. (2021) Digital Infrastructure and the Commons: Grassroots Knowledge Sharing in Barcelona. Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1869200.
  • Lynch, Casey R. (2020) Unruly Digital Subjects: Social Entanglements, Identity, and the Politics of Technological Expertise. Digital Geography and Society, 1: 100001.
  • Lynch, Casey R. & Vincent Del Casino (2020) ‘Smart’ Spaces, Information Processing, and the Question of Intelligence. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110(2): 382-390. doi: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1617103
  • Lynch, Casey R. (2020) Contesting Digital Futures: Urban Politics, Alternative Economies, and the Movement for Technological Sovereignty in Barcelona. Antipode, 52(3): 660-680. doi: 10.1111/anti.12522
  • Sammler, Katherine G. & Casey R. Lynch (2019) Spaceport America: Contested Offworld Access and the Everyman Astronaut. Geopolitics. doi: 10.1080/14650045.2019.1569631
  • Lynch, Casey R. (2019) Representations of Utopian Urbanism and the Feminist Geopolitics of ‘New City’ Development. Urban Geography, 40(8): 1148-1167. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2018.1561110
  • Lynch, Casey R. (2017) “Vote with your feet”: Neoliberalism, the democratic nation-state, and utopian enclave libertarianism. Political Geography, 59: 82-91. doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.03.005.
*For an updated list of publications, please see Google Scholar.