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Dr Jason Luger

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I joined Northumbria University in July 2020 and am a member of the Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group.

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 was part of a joint degree program between King's College London and the National University of Singapore, and I received my PhD in 2016 from both universities. My thesis explored cultural activism and the role of arts and creative spaces in authoritarian contexts, 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 an assistant editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (2017-).


Jason Luger


Geography PhD June 30 2016

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:

  • The relationship between urban public space and digital space, and questions of scale and networks
  • The political geographies of the right wing and authoritarianism 
  • Online and offline activism and resistance (especially art-led and LGBTQ movements)
  • The relationship between digital platforms and the formation of identity and community (such as the way online affinity groups use and relate to urban place)
  • Creative geographies as both anchored in place and digitally networked

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Planetary illiberalism and the cybercity-state: in and beyond territory, Luger, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Territory, Politics, Governance
  • Planetary public space, Luger, J., Lees, L. 27 May 2020, Companion to Public Space, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Questioning planetary illiberal geographies, Luger, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Territory, Politics, Governance
  • Digital geographies of public art, 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
  • Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb, Luger, J. 1 Dec 2019, In: City and Society
  • Re-envisioning the global city’s future, Luger, J. 3 Sep 2019, In: City
  • Ugo Rossi. 2017. Cities Under Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity Press, Luger, J. May 2019, In: Urbanities
  • When the creative class strikes back, Luger, J. 1 Nov 2019, In: Geoforum
  • Digital Urban Imaginaries, Luger, J. 16 Oct 2018, Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries, London, Taylor & Francis

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