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A Research Agenda for Digital Geographies

9781802200591 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Tess Osborne, Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester and Phil Jones, Reader in Cultural Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, UK
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 059 1 Extent: c 224 pp
Over the past decade, digital geographies has emerged as a dynamic area of scholarly enquiry, critically examining how the digital has reshaped the geography of our world. Bringing together authors working at the cutting-edge of the field, and grounding abstract ideas in case studies, this Research Agenda looks at the ways in which technology has altered all aspects of society, culture and the environment.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Over the past decade, digital geographies has emerged as a dynamic area of scholarly enquiry, critically examining how the digital has reshaped the geography of our world. Bringing together authors working at the cutting-edge of the field, and grounding abstract ideas in case studies, this Research Agenda looks at the ways in which technology has altered all aspects of society, culture and the environment.

Chapters explore four key themes: the role of technology infrastructures; the ways that winners and losers are created at the digital margins; the power of the digital to create new spaces; and the ways that the digital is changing research methods. Critically outlining the state of play around these topics, each chapter unpacks a case study related to pioneering research, suggesting possible avenues for research that digital geographers might pursue. The Research Agenda concludes with an identification of three priority areas for future work: the intimate nature of our relations with technology; approaches to resisting the power of technology companies; and finally, the need for more interdisciplinary approaches to examining digital geographies.

Rooted in the subject areas of technology, geography, sociology and political science, A Research Agenda for Digital Geographies will be greatly valuable to human and socio-cultural geographers, and digital social scientists with an interest in how the digital affects society and space.
Critical Acclaim
‘Covering a wide range of topics and areas of research in short and effective chapters, Osborne, Jones, and a diverse group of collaborators have assembled a useful guide to the multiple trajectories, current state of knowledge, and future possibilities of digital geographies.’
– Luis F. Alvarez Leon, Dartmouth College, US

‘With its emphasis on digital geographies in action, this volume focuses much needed critical attention on a diverse set of digital technologies and what they mean for different groups in society. Collectively, the chapters provide a fascinating and insightful analysis of current grounded research and future prospects.’
– Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University, Ireland
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Contributors include: Azadeh Akbari, Aireen Grace Andal, Katy Bennett, Carl Bonner-Thompson, Chiara Certomà, Daisy Curtis, Stefano De Sabbata, Marcus Foth, Zoe Gardner, Paolo Giaccaria, Maciej Główczyński, Fabio Iapaolo, Phil Jones, Seerat Kaur, Rosie Knowles, Robert Lundberg, Peta Mitchell, Paulo Morgado, Tess Osborne, Daniel Paiva, Markus Rittenbruch, Adam Searle, Shanti Sumartojo, Jonathon Turnbull, H. Shellae Versey, Rosie Wright
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