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Dr Jason Luger

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am a Human Geographer and a member of the Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group at Northumbria.

Previously, I was a lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley,  where I also directed the post-baccalaureate summer programme in City Planning, [IN]City, in 2019. At Berkeley I was a faculty affiliate with the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, the Center for Right Wing Studies, and the American Cultures Center, and was also a member of the Stanford University Creative Cities Working Group. Other prior teaching roles include the Urban Studies programs at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University (from 2016-2019), and the UK-US Fulbright Summer Institute at King's College London (from 2012-2014). 

My doctoral work explored cultural activism and the role of arts and creative spaces in authoritarian contexts (focusing on Southeast Asia), and the importance of digital space for civil society and the grassroots. I conducted fieldwork in Singapore from 2012-2014. 

Before moving into academic research, I worked with public and private-sector organizations in urban planning, regeneration, and economic development in the UK, United States, and Australia, and I was an EPSRC Urban Sustainability Fellow with the University of Birmingham and CH2M Hill in 2011-2012. I received an MA in Urban Regeneration and Development from the University of Manchester and BS in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

I am currently a committee member of the RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group, Associate Editor of The Journal of Urban Affairs (2021-2026), and have been an Assistant Editor of The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies since 2017. 


Jason Luger

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research cuts across urban, political, and critical human geography and explores questions of urban space, place, power, politics, and platforms. I draw from mixed methods including site-based and digital ethnography and social media analysis, through a comparative urban lens. I seek a more just, inclusive, and equitable built and digital urban environment. 

In particular, I focus on:

  • Urban public space offline and online
  • The political geographies of the right wing and authoritarianism 
  • The relationship between digital platforms and the formation of identity, community, and urban place
  • Creative geographies as both anchored in place and digitally networked
  • Cultural activism / creative resistance in comparative urban contexts

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Celebrations, Exaltations and Alpha Lands: Everyday geographies of the far-right, Luger, J. 4 Feb 2022, In: Political Geography
  • Revisiting urban public space through the lens of the 2020 global lockdown, Luger, J., Lees, L. 6 Feb 2022, In: Urban Geography
  • Book Review: Routledge Handbook of Street Culture, Luger, J. 1 Mar 2021, In: Human Geography
  • Book review: Potts, Deborah. 2020: Broken Cities: Inside the Global Housing Crisis, Luger, J. Jul 2021, In: Progress in Development Studies
  • Cafés, cocktail coves, and “empathy walls”: Comparing urban and exurban everyday life through a Lefebvrian lens, Luger, J., Schwarze, T. 1 Dec 2021, In: Geoforum
  • Planetary illiberalism and the cybercity-state: in and beyond territory, Luger, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Territory, Politics, Governance
  • Planetary public space: Scale, context, and politics, Luger, J., Lees, L. 27 May 2020, Companion to Public Space, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Questioning planetary illiberal geographies: territory, space and power, Luger, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Territory, Politics, Governance
  • Digital geographies of public art: New global politics, Zebracki, M., Luger, J. 1 Oct 2019, In: Progress in Human Geography
  • ‘Does Your Mother Know? Digital Versus Material Spaces of Queer Encounter in Singapore’, Luger, J. 23 May 2019, The Geographies of Digital Sexuality, Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan


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