Casey Lynch

About Casey Lynch

I am a PhD candidate with broad interests in urban, political, and social geography, science and technology studies (STS), and social theory. My dissertation project examines the emerging and evolving role of digitial technologies in constituting cities and urban life, with a particular focus on alternatives to dominant "smart city" discourses and programs. I am currently conducting research in Barcelona around the notion of "technological sovereignty" as it is employed by autonomous community organizations--and increasingly by the municipal government--as a way to rethink "human" relationships to technology and dominant models of urban development. The project has received funding from the Fulbright Commission, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council's DPDF Program, and the UA Social and Behavioral Science Research Institute (SBSRI). 

My earlier MA research focused on the contested political processes around the creation of a utopian libertarian enclave on the southern coast of Honduras, known as the Zone for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDE). The ZEDE is based on an "enclave libertarian" ideology that calls for the fracturing of exisiting nation-states into smaller, more flexible territorial units managed by privatized "government service providers" and populated by a mobile population that is called to "vote with its feet"--or move to the jurisdiction that best suits its preferences. In the years following the 2009 coup d'etat in Honduras, advocates of this enclave libertarian ideology began partnering with the Honduran government to create the first libertarian enclave in Honduran territory. My research examined the abstract enclave libertarian vision behind the project, as well as the political and legal processes through which ZEDE development has been pursued. The project received funding from the Tinker Foundation and the UA Social and Behavioral Science Research Institute (SBSRI). 

Areas of Study

urban, political, and cultural geographies, critical theory, science and technology studies, Europe and Latin America

Selected Publications

Lynch, C.R. (2018) 25th Anniversary retrospective: A postcapitalist politics. Gender, Place, and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1462756

Lynch, C. R. (2017) “Vote with your feet”: Neoliberalism, the democratic nation-state, and utopian enclave libertarianism, Political Geography, 59, 82-91. 10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.03.005.

Lynch, C. R. (2016) Urban Development, Contested Sovereignty, and Performative Power in Post-Coup Honduras. CONTESTED_CITIES Working Paper Series. Series IV-1A: WPCC-161002.

Lynch, C. R., John Saunders, Catherine Wilkinson, & Julie E.E. Young. (2016). Review of Magnusson, Warren, Local Self-Government and the Right of the City. H-Citizenship, H-Net Reviews. 

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Contact Information

Casey Lynch
PhD Candidate


MA, Geography, University of Arizona (2015)

BA (hons) International Development Studies and Contemporary Studies, University of King's College (2012)

Dissertation Title

Techno-Social Entanglements and Contested Urban Futures: Producing Space, Subjectivities, and Economies in the Technological City

Courses Taught

Instructor of Record:

UCEAP: Unmaking the Mediterranean--Nationalism and Nation-States

UCEAP: Making the Mediterranean--Cultural Encounters

GEOG 302: Introduction to Sustainable Development (Urban)

GEOG 367: Population Geography

GEOG 150C: Environment and Society

GEOG 393: Internship

GEOG 395A: Current Topics in Geography (1 credt colloquium course)

Teaching Assistant:

GEOG 150B: Human Geography and Global Systems

GEOG 150C: Environment and Society