As an economic geographer, my research spans the fields of urban planning, geography, and STS. Labor and technology undergird my research interests across three projects.
Software and Industrial Restructuring
My first research area stems from my dissertation research. My dissertation research focuses on the expression of value in capitalist production. Specifically, my research focuses on the place-specific software production processes among different regions and the relationship between different software agglomerations (industry/firms/workers) and broad-based economic development, prosperity and inequality. More broadly, my research focuses on the regional socio-industrial re/configurations under cognitive-cultural capitalism.
As part of the development of this research, I am working with Greg Schrock to update an Economic Development Quarterly paper regarding high-tech and information technologies across the US.
Mahmoudi, Dillon. “Feminization of Software Labor: Segmentation, Bifurcation and Deskilling.” (preparing for journal submission).
Mahmoudi, Dillon. April 2017. “Code Yourself To A Better Future: The Feminization of Software Labor.” (AAG). Boston.
Mahmoudi, Dillon, and Greg Schrock. July 2013. “High-Tech and I-Tech Revisited.” Joint Association of European Schools of Planning/American Collegiate Schools of Planning Congress (AESOP/ACSP). Dublin, Ireland.
Planning & Urban Economic Geographies
On CityObservatory, I work with Joe Cortright on a variety of urban-centered questions along both inter-urban and intra-urban levels. We cover topics like economic development policy, geographies of wealth/inequality and social, economic and racial and ethnic diversity and segregation.
Cortright, Joseph, and Dillon Mahmoudi. 2014. “Lost in Place: Why the persistence and spread of concentrated poverty—not gentrification—is our biggest urban challenge.” City Observatory. PDF Interactive Web Map
Cortright, Joseph, and Dillon Mahmoudi. 2014. “Neighborhood Change, 1970 to 2010: Transition and Growth in Urban High Poverty Neighborhoods.” Impresa Consulting. PDF
In 2013, I co-authored an article published in the Journal of Planning Literature on the role of open-innovation and crowdsourcing in planning. Technologies, the numerous potential development pathways, and nature of adoption in society is core to my research interests.
- Seltzer, Ethan, and Dillon Mahmoudi. 2013. “Citizen Participation, Open Innovation, and Crowdsourcing: Challenges and Opportunities for Planning.” Journal of Planning Literature 28 (1) (February). DOI PDF
Critical GIS & Urban Agriculture
My research interests in critical GIS has led me to collaborate with Nathan McClintock to investigate the spatial logics and socioeconomic distribution of urban agriculture in Portland, Oregon. We are currently working on a follow-up manuscript to a paper published in Landscape and Urban Planning.
- McClintock, Nathan, Dillon Mahmoudi, Michael Simpson and Jacinto Pereira Santos. 2016. “Socio-spatial differentiation in the Sustainable City: A mixed-methods assessment of residential gardens in metropolitan Portland, Oregon, USA.” Landscape and Urban Planning 148 (April): 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.12.008 PDF
Additionally, I attended the Revisiting Critical GIS conference in Friday Harbor, WA where I had the opportunity to connect with a number of other critical GIS scholars. We reported out through EPA and are considering other venues for this work.