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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Smart Cities in the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Sydney. In 2016, I finished my PhD in the "Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology" from Arizona State University.

I critically analyse the techno-politics of "smart" things that are data-driven, networked, and automated. My research focuses on three broad aspects related to the design and use of technology: interests, imperatives, and impacts. Whose interests are represented, who’s included, who benefits? And whose interests are erased, who’s excluded, who loses? What are the ideologies, values, and goals that drive how and why technology is used? How does technology impact our lives and the places we live: workplaces, homes, and cities?  With an interdisciplinary approach that includes technology studies, political economy, and urban geography, these questions guide how I study smart systems.

More specifically, my current research studies the process of making smart urbanism into a reality, from imagination to implementation. My main projects include an ethnography with a city government about planning smart initiatives and a collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics about trialling autonomous vehicles.

My book – Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World – will be published in 2020 by The MIT Press.

In addition to academic journal articles, I also write features, op-eds, and book reviews about the politics/ethics of technology for popular media outlets, such as The Guardian, The Nation, and many other publications. See the media articles tab for a list of my pubs. If you want to commission work, please contact me via email or twitter.

Email: Jathan.Sadowski [at] sydney.edu.au
Download my CV (April 2019)