Research

I divide my research among two main themes, united by the idea of mapping capital: combining qualitative methods and critical GIS to trace how the flows of (more than) capital relationally produce uneven geographies.

Beyond the Screen: Uneven Geographies, Digital Labour, and the City of Cognitive-Cultural Capitalism. 2016. tripleC: Communication, Capital and Critique 14 (1): 99-120. With Anthony M Levenda. doi:10.31269/triplec.v14i1.699

Jane Jacobs and the Value of Older, Smaller Buildings. 2016. Journal of the American Planning Association 82 (2): 1-14. With Michael Powe, Emily Talen, Jonathan Mabry. doi:10.1080/01944363.2015.1135072

Digital Geographies and Critical GIS

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.

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.

Economic Geography and the City

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

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
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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.Attendees of the Revisiting Critical GIS Meeting.

“Revisiting critical GIS.” Environment and Planning A 48 (5) (May): 815-824.
doi:10.1177/0308518X15622208
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