Agnieszka Leszczynski

Associate Professor
Sabbatical July 1 - December 31, 2021

Agnieszka Leszczynski

Contact Information

Office: Room 2413, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 80161

Research Areas

Digital geographies, platforms and cities, digital location/geolocation, GIScience & Society

Research Interests

I am a digital geographer and geographic information scientist. My current projects examine digital platforms in Canadian cities, and location-based technology startups in the digital economy.

I am currently seeking graduate students with interests in urban GIS, urban platforms and smart cities, and all aspects of digital geographies, with opportunities available to collaborate with me on my current projects.


GEO 2220 – Geographic Information Science I

GEO 3414 – Digital Technology, Society & the Environment

GEOG 3250 – Social Science Research Methods in Geography

GEO 9121 – Digital Environments

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Masters Students

  • V. Kong (Current) Studying the prevalence, usage and potential impact of micro mobility programs
  • S. Sadati Far (Current) Urban studies/ visual analysis of smart cities


Refereed Journals

Leszczynski A & Zook M (2020) "Viral Data". Big Data & Society 7(2): 1-5.

Leszczynski A (2020) “Being genealogical in digital geographies”. The Canadian Geographer.

Leszczynski A (2020) “Digital methods III: The digital mundane”. Progress in Human Geography 44(6): 1194-1201.

Leszczynski A (2020) “Glitchy vignettes of platform urbanism”. Environment & Planning D: Society and Space 38(2): 189-208.

Leszczynski A (2019) “Platform affects of geolocation”. Geoforum 107: 207-215.

Leszczynski A (2019) “Digital methods II: Digital-visual methods”. Progress in Human Geography 43(6): 1143-1152.

Ash J, Kitchin R and Leszczynski A (2018) "Digital turn, digital geographies?" Progress in Human Geography 42(1): 25-43.

Elwood S and Leszczynski A (2018) "Feminist digital geographies." Gender, Place & Culture 25(5): 629-644.

Leszczynski A (2018) "Digital methods I: Wicked tensions." Progress in Human Geography 42(3): 473-481.

Cockayne D, Leszczynski A and Zook M (2017) #HotForBots: Sex, the non-human, and digitally-mediated spaces of intimate encounter. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(6): 1115-1133.

Leszczynski A (2016) Speculative futures: cities, data, and governance beyond smart urbanism. Environment and Planning A 48(9): 1691-1708.

Leszczynski A (2015) Spatial media/tion. Progress in Human Geography 39(6): 729-751.

Leszczynski A (2015) Spatial big data and anxieties of control. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(6): 965-984.

Leszczynski A and Elwood S (2015) Feminist geographies of new spatial media. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 59(1): 12-28.

Leszczynski A (2014) On the neo in neogeography. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(1): 60-79.

Elwood S and Leszczynski A (2013) New Spatial Media, New Knowledge Politics. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 38(4): 544-549.

Leszczynski A (2012) Situating the geoweb in political economy. Progress in Human Geography 36(1): 72-89.


Ash J, Kitchin R and Leszczynski A (eds.; 2019) Digital Geographies. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: SAGE.

Chapters in Books

Leszczynski A (2020) Geolocation. In Kobayashi A (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd ed. Elsevier, 101-106.

Leszczynski A (2019) Spatialities. In Ash J, Kitchin R and Leszczynski A (eds.) Digital Geographies. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: SAGE, 12-23.

Ash J, Kitchin R and Leszczynski A (2019) Introduction. In Ash J, Kitchin R and Leszczynski A (eds.) Digital Geographies. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: SAGE, 1-10.

Leszczynski A (2018) Geoweb. In Warf B (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: SAGE. 390-394.

Leszczynski A (2017) Geoprivacy. In Kitchin R, Lauriault T and Wilson MW (eds.), Understanding Spatial Media. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: SAGE. 235-244.

Leszczynski A (2017) Epistemological critiques. In Wilson JP (ed.) The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge, 4th Quarter 2017 Edition. The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. doi: 10.22224/gistbok/2017.4.1

Leszczynski A (2010) Realism. In Warf B (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. 2369-2371.

Schuurman N, Leszczynski A, Fiedler R, Grund D, and Bell NJ (2006) Building an Integrated Cadastral Fabric for Higher Resolution Socioeconomic Spatial Data Analysis. In Riedl A, Kainz W, and Elmes G (eds.), Progress in Spatial Data Handling: 12th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer. p. 897-920.

Conference Proceedings

Mitchell P. Leszczynski A, Zook M, Blankenship J, McGrane C, Hjorth L, Thomas J and Willen R (2019). Geolocation: Locating trust in digital platforms and economies. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research. Panel presented at AoIR 2019: The 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. 03-05 October, Brisbane, Australia.