Luis F. Alvarez León

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Department of Geography

Connect with Us

I am a political economic geographer with substantive interests in geospatial data, media, and technologies. My research integrates the geographic, political, and regulatory dimensions of the informational and digital economy. At a high level, this research agenda is motivated by three core questions:

+ View more


Fairchild 020
HB 6017


  • Ph. D. UCLA
  • M.A. UCLA
  • B.A. UNAM, Mexico

Selected Publications

  • 11. Alvarez León, L.F. (2019). “How cars became mobile spatial media: A geographical political economy of onboard navigation”. Invited Submission for J. Frith & D. Özkul (Eds.). “Mobile Media Beyond Mobile Phones” [Special Issue]. Mobile Media & Communication. Forthcoming.

  • 10. Alvarez León, L.F. (2018). “Counter-mapping the Spaces of Autonomous Driving”. Invited article for J. Thatcher & C. Dalton (Eds.). New Perspectives on Critical Cartography. [Special Issue]. Cartographic Perspectives.
    Pre-published online:

  • 9. Alvarez León, L.F., Christophers, B., & Yu, L. (Eds.), (2018). “Introduction”. In L.F. Alvarez Le ́on, B. Christophers, and L. Yu (Eds.), The Spatial Constitution of Markets [Special Issue]. Economic Geography. 94, 3. 211-216.

  • 8. Alvarez León, L.F. (2018). “A blueprint for market construction? Spatial data infrastructure(s), interoperability, and the EU Digital Single Market”. Geoforum. 92. 45-57.

+ View more