2015 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference in Chicago

Last week, I attended my second AAG, this time participating in a panel on the political economy of geospatial technologies with Elvin Wyly (chair), Craig M. Dalton, Francis Harvey, and James Thatcher. It was the continuation of a conversation started in Friday Harbor, Washington last October. Each panel member had a distinct focus but we are working towards developing a political-economic framework to consider the growing ubiquity of geospatial technologies in various sectors of society. My own research lies with industry leaders who propel the business of GIS and geospatial technologies forward; namely, Esri (the world’s largest GIS software and development company) and Google. I take interest in how their business practices, and in particular strategies of corporate branding, make visible the neoliberal power structures within which that production, distribution, and consumption of geospatial technologies and data take place. It was a great discussion and one that will undoubtedly continue in other forums in the future.
IMG_1340The full description of the panel came be found here.

IMG_1353I also had a great time exploring the city of Chicago! Here’s me in Millennium Park in front of the famous Cloud Gate.