RESEARCH

My research interests are situated within urban/municipal politics, political and economic geography, and emerging technologies of governance.

CURRENT

SMART CITY

By looking at various “smart city” initiatives, my research examines the relationship between spatial aesthetics and the political economy of the smart city, analyzing the ways in which smart cities use taste-based sensory data to manage, produce and intervene in the urban field.
These interventions form along a process of production and consumption, categorizing individuals and neighbourhoods within a stratified spatiality of splintering urbanism.

By examining the role of aesthetics in smart cities, this research will shed light on how valuations of space/place, framed in a neoliberal political economy and aided by the introduction of technology, will continue to produce cities that are spatially bordered, divided and unequal.

This project forms a call for critical intervention in the development and implementation of digital-spatial governance, drawing further connections between urban technologies and the process of city placemaking.
Not only does it present a critique of neoliberal economies in cities, but it builds a case for understanding how technologies, situated in neoliberal ideology, can come to threaten equality and inclusiveness in the future of city life.

Imagine a city with park benches that not only track how many people use them but also act as public wifi hotspots. Where sensors that can track traffic flow and adjust traffic signals accordingly. Or one where an app tells you where the closest open parking spot is.

Congratulations to Political Science PhD Candidate, Angela Orasch, on receiving a grant from the OPC!

Digital Democracy Workshop Participants

This workshop aimed to bring together researchers from McMaster and the surrounding area, to identify existing areas of overlapping interest in digital democracy and various associated challenges. Participants presented a 1500-word paper and acted as a discussant on another participant’s paper.

A workshop on Knowledge and Power in the Global Political Economy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Presented: A Strange Approach to Information, Network, Sharing, and Platform Societies. Sara Bannerman and Angela Orasch (McMaster University)

PUBLICATIONS

working paper text

(2019) Platform Governance and the Smart City

Examining Citizenship in Alphabet’s “Sidewalk Toronto”

In 2017, Google's parent company, Alphabet, announced their intention to build "Sidewalk Toronto", a new neighbourhood on Toronto's Waterfront that would include "ubiquitous connectivity, social networks, sensing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and new projects, represents Alphabet et.

Privacy and Smart Cities: A Canadian Survey

( January 2019 ) Privacy and Smart Cities: A Canadian Survey

Report - By Sara Bannerman & Angela Orasch

This report presents the findings of a national survey of Canadians about smart-city privacy conducted in October and November 2018. Our research questions were: How concerned are Canadians about smart-city privacy? How do these concerns intersect with age, gender, ethnicity, and location? Moreover, what are the expectations of Canadians with regards to their ability to control, use, or opt-out of data collection in smart-city context? What rights and privileges do Canadians feel are appropriate with regard to data self-determination, and what types of data are considered more sensitive than others?

Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century.

(2019) Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century.

Chapter in Book - By Sara Bannerman & Angela Orasch

A Strange Approach to Information, Network, Sharing, and Platform Societies.

Digital Strategies and Smart Technologies in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities: An Emerging Role for Administrators

(2018) Digital Strategies and Smart Technologies in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities: An Emerging Role for Administrators

Research Report

In Digital Strategies and Smart Technologies in Ontario’s Mid-Sized Cities: An Emerging Role for Administrators Angela Orasch conducts a preliminary assessment of the current governance models of smart city initiatives in Ontario’s mid-sized cities.

Quebec-Ontario relations: A shared destiny?

(2014) Quebec-Ontario relations: A shared destiny?

Chapter 7 in Book - By Peter Graefe & Angela Orasch
Edited By Jean-François Savard, Alexandre Brassard, Louis Côté.

Family Policy in Ontario and Quebec Different from Afar or Far from Different?

 Le Québec à l’aube du nouveau millénaire: Entre tradition et modernité

(2011) Le Québec à l’aube du nouveau millénaire: Entre tradition et modernité

Chapter in Book - By Peter Graefe & Angela Orasch

Globalization through the Eyes of Business, Labour and the Women’s Movement: Three Visions for Quebec’s Modernity.

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