Digital Transformations in Global Land, Housing, and Property

An online panel discussion presented by a Matrix Research Team

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Since the 17th-century invention of the surveyor’s chain, new technologies have been embedded in real estate market devices. While technologies targeting land are not new, the capture and application of big data, as well as the technological affordances of digital platforms and the structural power of their corporate owners, are catalysing novel processes of claiming and commodifying space globally. This panel discussion brings together members of the Matrix Research Team on Digital Transformations in Property and Development to discuss how state, corporations, and grassroots actors are employing digital technologies to remake global land, housing, and property.

Panelists include Hilary Faxon, Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley; Elizabeth Resor, Phd student in the UC Berkeley School of Information; Julien Migozzi, Research Associate in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford; Luis F. Alvarez León, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Dartmouth College; and Jovanna Rosen, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University-Camden. The panel will be moderated by Desiree Fields, Assistant Professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley.

Image above generated by AI by, based on prompts from members of the Matrix Research Team.