- PhD, Geography, King's College London / National University of Singapore (Jointly)
- MA, Urban Regeneration and Development, University of Manchester
- BS, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
Dr. Jason Luger is an urban geographer with research interests focusing on the production of urban space; the relationship between the built environment and digital space; urban politics, policy, and identity; and art-led social movements and activism. He is also an urban planning practitioner, with global experience in the public and private sectors in economic development and neighborhood revitalization. Jason is affiliated with the Global Urban Humanities Initiative and the American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley, and has previously offered courses in urban studies and planning at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Jason offered courses on global cities in the UK / US Fulbright Summer Institute at King's College London.
Jason co-edited the volume Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape (2017), and his research has been featured in academic journals such as Antipode, City, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Media and Culture, and Progress in Human Geography. He is an assistant editor at the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.
His doctoral research involved field work in Singapore from 2012-2014, and explored issues of authoritarian state-society relations, the creative economy, and the production of art-space in a quasi-democratic environment. Jason is currently exploring the global suburb as a digitally-mediated political site, and the ways that urban territories (and politics) are re-scaled and networked.
- Courses Taught
CYPLAN110 Introduction to City Planning (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
CYPLAN 118AC The Urban Community (Spring 2018, 2019; Summer 2018)
CYPLAN 291 Populism, Art and the City (with Angela Marino), (Spring 2018)
[IN]City Program Lead (Summer 2019)
- Selected Publications
Digital geographies of public art: New global politics, Progress in Human Geography (2018, with Martin Zebracki).
Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape (Routledge, 2017, co-edited with Julie Ren).
When the creative class strikes back: state-led creativity and its discontents, Geoforum, (2017).
New South, 'New Athens?' Angels, mobilities and myths, The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (2017).
But I'm just an artist? Intersections, identity, meaning, and context, Antipode, (2017).
Must art have a place? Questioning th power of the digital artscape, Media and Culture (2016).
Singaporean 'spaces of hope': activist geographies in the City-State, CITY (2016).
Creative Singapore, Paradoxes and Possibilities: The Geographies of Cultural Activism in an Authoritarian City-State. PhD Thesis, King's College London and the National University of Singapore (2016).
Comparative Urbanism and the Asian City: Implications for research and theory, The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2015, with Julie Ren).