Dr Harrison Smith
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My research broadly examines the economic and cultural impact of location data and location based technologies on smart cities. I am currently working with Prof. Roger Burrows and Prof. Steven Graham in the Global Urban Research Unit of Newcastle University's Faculty of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of third party data collectors and analytics companies that infer classificatory knowledge of consumer lifestyles by analyzing location data, including location histories and frequencies, and how this information contributes to a broader economic and cultural reshaping of urban environments.
My dissertation examined on the rise of location based marketing and the role of location data and mobile location analytics for new kinds of consumer segmentation and targeting. My scholarly approach is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on sociology, geography, mobile media and information studies. It was completed under the supervision of Dr. David J. Phillips, Dr. Leslie Regan Shade, and Dr. Rhonda McEwen at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
- Shade LR, Smith H, Hamilton E. Geo-spatial Media, Power, and Ownership: Contextualizing Social Media Activism Through the Political Economy of the Geoweb. In: Pickard,V;Yang,G, ed. Media Activism in the Digital Age. New York: Routledge, 2017, pp.164-182.
- Smith H. Metrics, locations, and lift: mobile location analytics and the production of second-order geodemographics. Information, Communication & Society 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Smith H, Hardey M, Hardey M, Burrows R. Social Cartography and 'Knowing Capitalism': Critical Reflections on Social Research and the Geo-Spatial Web. In: N. Fielding, R.M. Lee and G. Blank, ed. The Sage Handbook of Online Research Methods. London: Sage, 2016, pp.596-610.
- Singh S, Smith H, Thompson SN. Doing Surveillance Studies (Part II): Critical Approaches to Methodology and Pedagogy. Surveillance & Society 2015, 13(1), 1-3. In Preparation.
- Pero B, Smith H. In the “Service” of Migrants: The Temporary Resident Biometrics Project and the Economization of Migrant Labor in Canada. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2014, 104, 401-411.
- Smith H. Overflowing Borders: Smart Surveillance and the Border as a Market Device. In: Geiger,M;Pecoud,A, ed. Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp.83-103.
- Smith H. Information as Exclusion: Towards a Critical Understanding of Everyday Life. Proceedings for the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 2012.