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Dr Jason Luger

Assistant Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am a Human Geographer and a member of the Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group at Northumbria. My research focuses on the cultures, politics, contestations, and textures of urban space and place. 

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. Other prior academic posts 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 grassroots resistance. 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 an Associate Editor of The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (since 2017). I am a senior fellow with the Far Right Analysis Network (FRAN), since 2021. 

Jason Luger

My research cuts across urban, political, and cultural geography and explores questions of urban space, place, power, politics, and platforms. In my work I utilize a mix of qualitative methods, including site-based ethnographies in comparative urban settings from Southeast Asia, to the UK and Central Europe, to the United States; as well as digital ethnography and mixed media analyses.

In particular, I focus on:

  • The nature of urban public space offline and online
  • The political geographies of authoritarianism and the far right
  • The relationship between digital platforms and the formation of identity, community, and understandings of place
  • Representations and understandings of the urban through mixed media, popular culture, film, literature
  • Cultural activism / creative resistance in comparative urban contexts
  • Masculinities across changing landscapes 

I have authored academic papers and chapters on the above themes, including two edited volumes (2017 and 2022) and an upcoming monograph entitled The Illiberal City: Comparative Urban (Re)actions through Space, Territory, and Culture (Bristol University Press, 2024 expected). 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Beyond growth management: A review of the wider functions and effects of urban growth management policies, Kirby, M., Scott, A., Luger, J., Walsh, C. 16 Nov 2022, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Celebrations, Exaltations and Alpha Lands: Everyday geographies of the far-right, Luger, J. 1 Jun 2022, In: Political Geography
  • Revisiting urban public space through the lens of the 2020 global lockdown, Luger, J., Lees, L. 3 Jul 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

  • Gulnar Hasnain Miracles, Myths and Policy Transfer: How do city mayors adopt urban violence reduction policies and what role do the governance structures, the political and non-political stakeholder relationships and the consultation processes involved affect the form they take?’. Start Date: 16/09/2022 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • Max Martin Odin's Shadow: The Geographies of the Far Right Through a Comparative Urban Framework Start Date: 01/03/2022

Geography PhD June 30 2016


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