Journal article

Geographies of digital skill

Lizzie Richardson, David Bissell

Geoforum | Elsevier | Published : 2019


In an era of rapid technological change, especially considering the rise of robotics and AI, there is widespread anxiety about the impacts of digital technologies across a vast range of industries. Policy responses to this changing employment landscape champion the necessity for growing ‘digital skills’. However, we argue that these dominant macropolitical interpretations draw on a restricted understanding of spatiality where digital skills are discretely located in particular bodies and in particular geographical locations. The paper develops a novel geographical response through an exploration of the micropolitics of digital skills. This focuses on the material and practical dimensions of ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Sarah Hall and the anonymous reviewers for their comments which were very helpful in the revision of the article. We are grateful to Jung Won Son, He Wang and Martin Hess for the invitation to contribute to this special issue and for their editorial work. Lizzie would like to acknowledge the award of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF-2016-747) that supported the writing of this article. David Bissell received funding from the Australian Research Council (grants DP160100979 and FT170100059) which facilitated the research in this article.