Global Urban Research Unit

Staff Profile

Professor Jeremy Crampton

Professor of Urban Data Analysis

Background

I joined Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in 2018 after spending most of my career in the United States. I was previously Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, and have also held academic posts at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and George Mason University in Virginia. I grew up in Chester and the Welsh border county of Shropshire.

My main interests are in how and why geolocational technologies affects urban and everyday experience and wellbeing. In particular, I'm very interested in the effects of surveillance on privacy, spatial Big Data and algorithmic decision-making. To address these questions, I analyze how digital landscapes of algorithms and data are planned, mapped and produced. I also have a recent interest in the geolocational implications of biometric platforms such as facial and emotional recognition technologies, and the possibilities of building AI/ML that do not treat people as data subjects.

Google Scholar: here.

My blog is here.

Twitter: @jeremycrampton


Teaching

I will be teaching a section of the Research Linked Projects, 2019 and 2020. This is a two semester course (300 credits) for post-graduate students.

POPS: Privately Owned Public Spaces. Technologies of Policing and the Politics of Resistance. Newcastle-London case studies.

Aim

To trace the history of the rise of privately owned public spaces (POPS) and how they are changing the experience of being in public. To explore how they are policed and governed (eg via surveillance) and how people resist and challenge them.

Objectives

  • To engage with residents, locals and visitors in Newcastle and London to explore their experience of using POPS
  • To map where POPS are and who owns them (case studies in Newcastle and London King’s Cross); assess other ways of measuring public space (eg., Varna’s ‘Star’ Model)
  • To explore how POPS are policed and governed, including surveillance and Public Space Protection Orders (‘geographic asbos’). What power do PSPOs have?
  • To discover how people resist, challenge or counter POPS and public space surveillance. Lessons from Hong Kong and New York City.

If you are interested in this please contact me!


Previous classes:

I have taught a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, both face-to-face and online. These include semester-length classes on digital mapping, geographic information systems (GIS), political geography, human geography, among others. At the advanced level, I have taught GIS, Big Data, social theory, and the thought of Michel Foucault.

Most recently I taught a 10-week online class on History of Critical Mapping at the University of Kentucky for their Masters in Digital Mapping @NewMapsPlus.

I have also supervised a number of Masters students both in the UK and the United States, and been on a number of PhD student committees, assessed PhD work for National Science Foundation grant applications. At Newcastle I am looking to supervise PhD students with interests around the following topics:

Surveillance

Biometrics, especially facial recognition/emotion recognition

Spatial Big Data

Critical cartography 

Platform or algorithmic governance

Publications