New technologies and the political economy of geomorphology

Rob Inkpen

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New technologies enable high‐resolution monitoring techniques and the generation of big data and have been heralded as increasing the depth of our understanding of geomorphic phenomena. These technologies, however, also provide us with a convenient entry point into the increasingly constraining political economy of geomorphology. Building on the work of Stuart Lane and of critical physical geographers, this paper traces and examines the multiple roles that new technologies have played in constraining research questions and directing resources. Using the activity sphere framework outlined by David Harvey, the influence of new technologies can be traced around the spheres and their constraining of existing relations within academia and explanation identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalThe Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien
Issue number2
Early online date30 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • technologies
  • critical physical geography
  • political economy
  • geomorphology


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