Ryan Burns

Visiting Assistant Professor (University of Calgary)
location_on GEOG 126

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My interests intersect GIScience, digital human geographies, and urban studies. What really captures my attention are the social, institutional, and urban transformations of GIS, datafication, algorithms and software, smart cities, and related socio-technical phenomena. I’m a broadly trained geographer who thinks spatially about how digital technologies shape urban relations, political-economies, ways of knowing the world, and movement through space. In early work I looked at the growing use of crowdsourcing and crisis mapping in humanitarian and emergency management, and my more recent work focuses more squarely on open data platforms within smart cities. I’ve just had a SSHRC-funded project funded with Eliot Tretter to look at how the digitalization of extractive energy industries is shaping distant urban labor markets, removing laborers from the site of extraction through sensors, siting algorithms, automation, and complex analytical software.


Ryan Burns

Visiting Assistant Professor (University of Calgary)
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location_on GEOG 126

My interests intersect GIScience, digital human geographies, and urban studies. What really captures my attention are the social, institutional, and urban transformations of GIS, datafication, algorithms and software, smart cities, and related socio-technical phenomena. I'm a broadly trained geographer who thinks spatially about how digital technologies shape urban relations, political-economies, ways of knowing the world, and movement through space. In early work I looked at the growing use of crowdsourcing and crisis mapping in humanitarian and emergency management, and my more recent work focuses more squarely on open data platforms within smart cities. I've just had a SSHRC-funded project funded with Eliot Tretter to look at how the digitalization of extractive energy industries is shaping distant urban labor markets, removing laborers from the site of extraction through sensors, siting algorithms, automation, and complex analytical software.

Ryan Burns

Visiting Assistant Professor (University of Calgary)
email
location_on GEOG 126

My interests intersect GIScience, digital human geographies, and urban studies. What really captures my attention are the social, institutional, and urban transformations of GIS, datafication, algorithms and software, smart cities, and related socio-technical phenomena. I'm a broadly trained geographer who thinks spatially about how digital technologies shape urban relations, political-economies, ways of knowing the world, and movement through space. In early work I looked at the growing use of crowdsourcing and crisis mapping in humanitarian and emergency management, and my more recent work focuses more squarely on open data platforms within smart cities. I've just had a SSHRC-funded project funded with Eliot Tretter to look at how the digitalization of extractive energy industries is shaping distant urban labor markets, removing laborers from the site of extraction through sensors, siting algorithms, automation, and complex analytical software.