Jason Young

CV Senior Research Scientist, Technology & Social Change Group
Bloedel Hall
Phone: 206-616-6391

Affiliate Positions

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, UW Information School
  • Affiliate Instructor, UW Jackson School of International Studies


  • Knowledge Politics and Misinformation
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Digital Colonialism
  • ICT and Development


Dr. Jason Young is a Senior Research Scientist with the Technology & Social Change Group. He is a critical human geographer who uses innovative combinations of computational analysis, participatory engagement, and traditional qualitative methodologies to questions about the cultural and epistemological limits of information and communication technologies (ICTs). A majority this work has examined what impacts the use of digital technologies has on Indigenous knowledge systems, with a primary interest in how digital forms of knowledge politics open space for new forms of interepistemological dialogue or extend colonial knowledge hierarchies. This interdisciplinary work draws on a wide body of work, including digital geographies, Indigenous studies, postcolonial theory, ICT for development, science and technology studies (STS), and more. Much of this work has occurred in the Peruvian Amazon and the Canadian Arctic. More recent research has expanded these research interests. Projects under development include studies of the role of public libraries in development across sub-Saharan Africa; the impact of community-owned digital networks on rural, Indigenous communities in Alaska and Peru; and the role of informal education in combatting misinformation in rural communities. Jason received his PhD from the UW Department of Geography in 2017.


  • Ph D, Geography, University of Washington, 2017
  • MA, Geography, University of Washington, 2012
  • BA, Geography, Miami University (Ohio), 2009

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Data challenges for public libraries: African perspectives and the social context of knowledge (2020)
    Information Development Authors: Renee Lynch, Jason Young, Chris Jowaisas, Maria Garrido, Joel Sam, Stanley Boakye-Achampong
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Environmental colonialism, digital indigeneity, and the politicization of resilience (2020)
    Environmental Planning E: Nature and Space, Volume 0, Issue 0, Page 1-22 Author: Jason Young
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Volunteer geographic information in the Global South: barriers to local implementation of mapping projects across Africa (2020)
    GeoJournal Authors: Jason Young, Renee Lynch, Stanley Boakye-Achampong, Chris Jowaisas, Joel Sam, Bree Norlander
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Rural digital geographies and new landscapes of social resilience (2019)
    Journal of Rural Studies Author: Jason Young
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The new knowledge politics of digital colonialism (2019)
    Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space Author: Jason Young
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Knowledge Politics (2018)
    Digital Geographies Author: Jason Young
  • Book, Reprint in Translation
    Ukiuqta'qtumi-Hivuniptingun – One Arctic, One Future (2018)
    One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance Authors: Nadine C Fabbi, Jason Young, Eric W Finke
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Canadian Inuit, digital qanuqtuurunnarniq, and emerging geographic imaginations (2017)
    Geoforum, Volume 86, Page 53-62 Author: Jason Young
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Participatory Uses of Geospatial Technologies to Leverage Multiple Knowledge Systems within Development Contexts (2017)
    World Development, Volume 93, Page 389-401 Authors: Jason Young, Michael Gilmore
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Polar Bear Management in a Digital Arctic: Inuit Perspectives Across the Web (2016)
    The Canadian Geographer, Volume 60, Issue 4, Page 574-91 Author: Jason Young
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Subaltern empowerment in the Geoweb: Tensions between publicity and privacy (2014)
    Antipode, Volume 46, Issue 2, Page 574-91 Authors: Jason Young, Michael P Gilmore
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    The Spatial Politics of Affect and Emotion in Participatory GIS (2013)
    Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Volume 103, Issue 4 Authors: Jason Young, Michael P Gilmore
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The use of participatory mapping in ethnobiological research, biocultural conservation, and community empowerment: a case study from the Peruvian Amazon (2012)
    Journal of Ethnobiology, Volume 32, Issue 1, Page 6-29 Authors: Michael P Gilmore, Jason Young
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    The Maijuna Participatory Mapping Project: Mapping the Past and the Present for the Future (2010)
    Peru: Maijuna Authors: Michael P Gilmore, Jason Young


  • Advancing Library Visibility in Africa (2019)
    3rd African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) Conference & 5th African Library Summit - Nairobi
  • Knowledge Politics Across Digital Divides: Environmental Change, Indigeneity, and Technology Use in the Arctic
    Development Studies Association 2018 Conference - Manchester, UK