I am a digital, urban, and political geographer. My work examines how processes of digitalization are materialized, territorialized, experienced, and potentially contested in cities. I aim to critique dominant processes of digitalization—in particular those based on surveillance, extraction, and corporate control—while also exploring alternative approaches oriented around social and economic justice and sustainability. My work is primarily ethnographic and interpretive and explores themes such as:

  • Critical and feminist perspectives on urban AI and robotics
  • Commons-based and cooperative models of digitalization in urban life
  • Theories and practices of urban democracy and digitalization
  • Emerging technologies (AI, robotics, blockchain, etc.) in imaginaries of urban futures

Prior to joining the University of Twente I was an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno (2019-2022) and a visiting scholar at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain (2017-2019). I received a BA in International Development Studies and Contemporary Studies from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Canada and a MA and PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona in the United States. My work has received funding from the US National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellowship, and has been published in journals like Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Antipode, Environment and Planning D, Urban Geography, Regional Studies, and others.


  • Computer Science

    • Robotics
    • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Sciences

    • Intelligence
    • Geography
    • Logic
    • Identity
    • Politics
  • Arts and Humanities

    • Spatiality



Evolving spatialities of digital life: troubling the boundaries of the smart city/home dividesIn AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research 2023. Sweeney, M. E. & Lynch, C.https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2023i0.13500Blockchain urbanism: Evolving geographies of libertarian exit and technopolitical failureProgress in Human Geography (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Lynch, C. R. & Muñoz-Viso, A.https://doi.org/10.1177/03091325231219699Robotics, Affective Displacement, and the Automation of CareIn Geographies of Displacement/s. Routledge. Lynch, C. R., Bissell, D., House-Peters, L. & Del Casino, V.Perceptions of Intelligence in Urban AI and the Contingent Logics of Real Estate Estimate AlgorithmsIn Artificial Intelligence and the City: Urbanistic Perspectives on AI (pp. 277-291). Taylor & Francis. Lynch, C. R. & Del Casino, V.https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003365877-21

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Forthcoming Publications

Del Casino, Vincent, and Casey R. Lynch (Accepted, forthcoming) Robots, Robotic Technologies, and Labor Geographies. Handbook of Labor Geography (Edward Elgar Publishing, ed. Andrew Herod).

Lynch, Casey R., & Kerri Jean Ormerod. (accepted, forthcoming). Science. The Wilely-Blackwell Companion to Social and Cultural Geography. (eds. Jamie Winders and Ishan Ashutosh).

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