About me

I am a social scientist working at the intersection between human geography and media. I am located at Newcastle University, where I work as a Reader in Technology, Space and Society. Specifically my work investigates the cultures, economies and politics of digital interfaces and the role digital technologies play in transforming everyday life.

I am currently principal investigator on a two year ESRC funded project that is exploring gambling style systems in digital games (2019-2021) and co-investigator on a one year EPSRC funded network working with migrant mothers to examine practices of maternal care through virtual reality (2020-21). Previously I have been principal investigator on an eighteen month ESRC funded project that examined the role of digital interfaces in high cost credit use (2016-2018).

I am author of Phase Media: Space, Time and the Politics of Smart Objects (2017, Bloomsbury) and The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power (2015, Bloomsbury). I have also co-edited a collection entitled Digital Geographies (2018, Sage) with Rob Kitchin and Agnieszka Leszczynski.

You can email me at james.ash(at)ncl.ac.uk

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Or you can write to me: School of Arts and Cultures, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU.