Hello, I’m Andrew Boulton, a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. My current research, examines the intersections between landscape, locative media and neogeography.
Working within the post-structural landscape tradition exemplified in the work of Richard Schein and others, I am concerned with lending empirical specificity the ways in which landscape works as an idea, as a material reality, and as a set of claims to/about place in the context of locative media.
I proceed from the premise that a fundamental distinction between cultural landscape and digitally-mediated or augmented place is no longer sustainable.
This same concern with the imbrications between material and "virtual" motivates my ongoing work on cyberinfrastructures and smart cities. I am interested in particular in the increasingly pervasive discourses of "smartness" as a measure for and driver of sustainable economic growth in urban areas.
I come to cyberinfrastructures via my work on ICT, education and development which formed the basis of my Master's research. Here, I am interested in understanding critically and geographically the articulations between a powerful high-tech knowledge economy discourse and neoliberal rationales around goals such as globalizing education, counter-terrorism, and sustainable development.
Boulton, A. and Zook, M. (forthcoming). “Landscape, Locative Media and the Duplicity of Code”. In Johnson, N., Schein, R., and Winders, J. eds., Companion to Cultural Geography. Wiley-Blackwell.
Brunn, S., Boulton, A. and Devriendt, L. (forthcoming) “Assessing the Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on Major and Minor Cities in South and Southeast Asia.” In Dutt, A., ed., Regional Resources and Urban Perspectives in the 21st Century: A Felicitation to Professor Baleshwar Thakur. Cambridge University Press
PhD candidate, Geography, University of Kentucky. Advisor: Matt Zook.
Dissertation: working title – “Locative media, augmented realities and the ordinary American landscape”
MA 2009, Geography, University of Kentucky. Advisor: Sue Roberts (with Patricia Ehrkamp and Tad Mutersbaugh).
Paper title: “Education for Development, CD for Peace: producing the ‘globally competitive’ child”.
BSc 2006, Geography, University of Bristol. Advisor: Wendy Larner.
Dissertation title: “‘Shock’n y’all’: country music, the War on Terror, and the politics of popular geopolitics”.