Agnieszka Leszczynski

PhD (Washington, 2012); MA (Simon Fraser, 2008); BA (Simon Fraser, 2005)

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Senior Lecturer


I am a critical geographer and trained spatial data scientist, and my work integrates geographic information science and social and economic geographies. I am an architect of the new field of digital geographies​, and a digital methods specialist. 


Research | Current

I am interested in the social, economic, and technological shifts associated with the commercialization of all things 'geo' (map-based apps, location-based services, sensors, geocoded content, etc.). The main thread of my current research looks at the value of digital location in the platform/sharing economy. I also have a longstanding interest in changing social relations around geoprivacy, and have more recently become interested in the changing demographics and geographies of digital economy knowledge worker migration.


Teaching | Current

I teach in both applied and theoretical aspects of GIScience, and in the emerging field of digital human geographies. Currently, I coordinate and teach the following courses:

  • GEOG 318: GIS Principles & Practices in Human Environments

  • GEOG 774: Advanced Spatial Data Handling (run as a Web Map Studio) 

I also teach on the following team-taught courses:

  • GEOG 210: Intro to GIS and Spatial Thinking 

  • GEOG 701: Research in Practice 



Co-editorBig Data & Society


Areas of expertise

  • GIScience

  • digital geographies

  • technology & society

  • economic geography


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Editorial boards:


  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Leszczynski, A. (2017). Epistemological critiques. 10.22224/gistbok/2017.4.1
  • Leszczynski, A. (2017). Digital methods I: Wicked tensions. Progress in Human Geography10.1177/0309132517711779
  • Cockayne, D., Leszczynski, A., & Zook, M. (2017). #HotForBots: Sex, the non-human and digitally-mediated spaces of intimate encounter. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space10.1177/0263775817709018
  • Leszczynski, A., & Schuurman, N. (2017). Revisiting Cyborg GIS: A conversation with Nadine Schuurman. Related URL.
  • Leszczynski, A. (2017). Geoprivacy. In R. Kitchin, T. P. Lauriault, M. W. Wilson (Eds.) Understanding spatial media (pp. 235-244). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Related URL.
  • Leszczynski, A. (2016). Speculative futures: Cities, data, and governance beyond smart urbanism. Environment and Planning A, 48 (9), 1691-1708. 10.1177/0308518X16651445
  • Ash, J., Kitchin, R., & Leszczynski, A. (2016). Digital turn, digital geographies?. Progress in Human Geography10.1177/0309132516664800
  • Leszczynski, A. (2015). Spatial big data and anxieties of control. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33 (6), 965-984. 10.1177/0263775815595814