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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
  • God's Viral Warriors: Christian Nationalism, Masculinity, and the Representation of Self, Luger, J. 1 Mar 2024, In: Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities
  • Leaving post-industrial urban studies behind?, Luger, J., Schwarze, T. 8 Feb 2024, In: Dialogues in Urban Research
  • Urban Post-Industrialism’s Long Shadow and Lasting Spell, Luger, J., Schwarze, T. 9 Jun 2024, In: Dialogues in Urban Research
  • Beyond growth management: A review of the wider functions and effects of urban growth management policies, Kirby, M., Scott, A., Luger, J., Walsh, C. 1 Feb 2023, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • “Patriot bros”, the fascist creep, and the spatial fantasies of white nationalist masculinity, Luger, J. 31 Jan 2023, Toxic Masculinity, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Public Space, Luger, J. 23 Feb 2023, Concise Encyclopedia of Human Geography , Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Screaming Public Art: Tonalities of Agonism in Planning Politics and Practice, Landau-Donnelly, F., Luger, J. 2023, In: Planning Theory and Practice
  • Shifting Positionings and Queer Time at the Precipice of Apocalypse, Luger, J. Sep 2023, In: Tijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
  • Spectacle and Trumpism: An Embodied Assemblage Approach. Jacob C. Miller. Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2021. pp. vi-129. £42.99 hardcover (ISBN 978-1529212501); $15.99 electronic (ISBN 978-1529212525)., Luger, J. Oct 2023, In: The AAG Review of Books
  • The Deviant Leisure of Gym Bodies, Militarized Branding and Fascistic Creeps, Woolley, D., Luger, J. 8 Apr 2023, Deviant Leisure and Events of Deviance, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Max Martin Odin's Shadow: The Geographies of the Far Right Through a Comparative Urban Framework Start Date: 01/03/2022 End Date: 17/07/2024
  • 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

Geography PhD June 30 2016

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