Leanne Roderick

Term Lecturer

Urban Studies and Geography

Leanne Roderick

Term Lecturer

Urban Studies and Geography

Education

  • PhD Queen's University (Political Studies)
  • MA University of British Columbia (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Biography

As an interdisciplinary political economist, urbanist, and critical data studies scholar, Dr. Roderick's work centers upon the urban scale as a site of economic and social power and change. She has a wide and versatile range of teaching, research, and advising interests, including: feminist political economy: a right to the "smart" city; urban finance, austerity and debt; surveillance and the city; urban technological innovation and inequality. Dr. Roderick's courses are designed to provoke and refine critical thinking, and facilitate an understanding of urban spaces and policy that is political, historical, and cognizant of relations of power.

Dr. Roderick received a BA (Honours) and PhD from Queen’s University in political studies, and a MA in interdisciplinary studies from UBC. Her doctoral research on big data and consumer finance in contemporary capitalism was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) fellowship.

Before joining SFU, Dr. Roderick was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Quest University, a secular, non-profit, teaching-focused liberal arts college. In addition to teaching and advising, at SFU she helps organize a podcast series, visiting speakers and workshops.

Research Interests

  • Urban political economy (or, how material processes of exchange + production shape the city)
  • Smart cities
  • Urban finance, austerity, and debt
  • Technological innovation and inequality
  • Critical urban theory

Courses

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