I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

My work focuses on the interactions between information, technological innovation, and regulation in the rearticulation of the capitalist space-economy. I have conducted research on the geographic, political, and regulatory dimensions of the digital economy on the geospatial,
entertainment, and Internet sectors.

I am currently developing a research project on innovation patterns and trade in North America that asks the question of how patenting and intellectual property regimes have changed in Mexico and the United States as a result of trade treaties such as NAFTA and the TPP.

As part of my postdoctoral work, I am also contributing to the creation of the Neighborhood Data for Social Change, a pioneering online portal by the Price Center for Social Innovation that makes a wealth of statistics and mapping resources across policy domains (from health to economic opportunity) available to the public.

I earned my Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in May 2016 with a dissertation that examined the links between Intellectual Property regimes and geographic information markets in the United States and the European Union. My dissertation was selected as UCLA’s nomination for the 2016-17 Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences.

My research has been principally supported by the following fellowships: Fulbright-García Robles, UC MEXUS-CONACYT, and the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship.

I can be reached at luis.alvarezleon [at] usc [dot] edu

Fields of interest

  • Economic Geography
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Digital Economy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Governance
  • Geopolitics
  • Geographic Information and spatial media
  • Variegated Capitalism