Michel Laguerre, Professor

Closed (1) Digital-Neighborhood Surveillance

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

The aim of this research project is to explain mechanisms of operation of bottom-up globalization in the context of digitalization. It does so by focusing on neighborhoods in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley as nodes that embed globalization processes in local places and that incarnate local sites as generators of global flows. In this project, the digital neighborhood is operationalized for the purpose of delimiting a field of research as an urban quarter with a population actively engaged in cyber-spatial activities that influence the shape and content of the identity of the residential community. Topics to be researched are the following: supermarket surveillance, street surveillance, and home surveillance. Such variables are proposed as discrete blocs of the architecture of bottom-up globalization processes.

Qualifications: Social sciences background

Weekly Hours: 10 hrs

Email applications to bcgit@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-5992.

Seven students will be recruited to actively participate in this project. Each student/researcher will devote 10 hours per week to the project. The research consists of preparing thematic digital bibliographies, transcribing interviews, identifying potential informants, special topical assignments, and attending weekly team meetings.

Qualifications: Applicants should be at the junior or senior level.

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs