School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Harrison Smith

Research Associate


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.