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Jathan Sadowski is a Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. He contributes to the ET Lab’s capacity across a range of different projects, which include studying how people live in smart homes, reshaping how utility companies forecast digital energy futures, and analysing the implications of automated decision-making in society. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Jathan's research sits at the intersection of technology studies, political economy, and urban geography.

Broadly, Jathan's work focuses on the political economy of smart technologies. By casting a critical eye on technology, he seeks to uncover the often hidden interests, imperatives, and ideologies that influence the design and use of digital systems that are data-driven, networked, and automated. Who benefits, who’s represented? Who loses, who’s left out? Why are things made in certain ways, for certain purposes—and how can we realize alternative pathways?

Jathan is the author of a new book – Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World (The MIT Press) which analyses how the pursuit of power and profit is being materialized through smart tech. This book outlines the impacts that are already emerging as our lives, homes, and cities are made “smarter.” It then offers a series of tactics for how to unmake and remake technology so that it serves truly progressive aims.



Research area keywords

  • smart technology
  • digital technology
  • automation
  • data and society
  • political economy
  • inequality
  • urban geography
  • social theory

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Research Output

Cyberspace and cityscapes: on the emergence of platform urbanism

Sadowski, J., 29 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Urban Geography. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Social impacts and control in the smart home

Nicholls, L., Strengers, Y. & Sadowski, J., 21 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Energy. 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

The anti-politics of smart energy regimes

Sadowski, J. & Levenda, A. M., Aug 2020, In : Political Geography. 81, 8 p., 102202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

The internet of landlords: digital platforms and new mechanisms of rentier capitalism

Sadowski, J., Mar 2020, In : Antipode. 52, 2, p. 562-580 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Too smart: how digital capitalism is extracting data, controlling our lives, and taking over the world

Sadowski, J., Mar 2020, 1st ed. Cambridge MA USA: The MIT Press. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review