Grad Students

Luis F. Alvarez León



Contact Information

Email    lfalvarez – a t – ucla – d o t – edu
Office  Not Available
Phone  

Fields of Study

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

  • Areas: United States, European Union, México

Advisors

Ph.D.

Allen J. Scott (co-chair). Geography, UCLA 
Eric Sheppard (co-chair). Geography, UCLA 
John Agnew. Geography, UCLA 
Michael Shin. Geography, UCLA 
Ronald Rogowski. Political Science, UCLA 

M.A. 

Allen J. Scott (chair). Geography, UCLA 
John Agnew. Geography, UCLA 
David Rigby. Geography, UCLA

Awards

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship | 2015-2016

UCLA Graduate Division
$20,500 USD plus tuition and fees

CONACYT-UC MEXUS Doctoral Grant | 2011-2016

CONACYT (National Science and Technology Council, México) &
UC MEXUS (University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States)
$60,000 USD plus tuition and fees

Graduate Student Publication Award | 2015

UCLA Department of Geography
$200 USD

Summer Institute in Economic Geography | 2014

University of Frankfurt, Germany
$250 USD

AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group Travel Award | 2014

Association of American Geographers
$500 USD

CIBER Summer Doctoral Institute (declined) | 2013

George Washington University

UCLA Kurnitz Writing Award | 2013

UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
Honorable Mention

Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship | 2009-2012

COMEXUS (Mexico-U.S. Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange)
$45,000 USD plus tuition

UCLA Graduate Division Award | 2009-2010

UCLA Graduate Division
$49,351 USD in tuition and fees

Degrees

University of California, Los Angeles

PhD. in Geography (June 2016, expected)

Dissertation: Assembling Digital Economies: Geographic Information Markets and Intellectual Property Regimes in the United States and the European Union

Advisors: Allen J. Scott & Eric S. Sheppard

Committee: John A. Agnew, Michael E. Shin & Ronald Rogowski (Political Science)

University of California, Los Angeles

C.Phil in Geography (2012)

Main Area: Economic Geography

Sub Areas: Political Geography & Globalization

University of California, Los Angeles

M.A. in Geography (2011)

Thesis: Uploading Hollywood: A Digital Economic Geography of Film Distribution Advisor: Allen J. Scott

Committee: John A. Agnew, David L. Rigby

UNAM, National University, Mexico

B.A. Hons. in English Concentration: Critical Theory (2009)

Publications

  1. Alvarez León, L.F. (2015). The Digital Economy and Variegated Capitalism. Canadian Journal of Communication, 40(4).
    *Winner of the 2015 UCLA Geography Student Publication Award

    Link to journal here

  2. Alvarez León, L.F. Copyright. (2015). In Wherry, F. (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  3. Alvarez León, L.F. Fair Use. (2015). In Wherry, F. (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  4. Ashraf, C. & Alvarez León, L.F. (2016). The Logics and Territorialities of Geoblocking. In Lobato, R. & Meese, J. (Eds.), Geoblocking and Global Video Culture. Amsterdam: Institute of Networked Cultures.

    Link to the complete book here.

  5. León-Manríquez, J. L., & Alvarez, L.F. (2014). Mao’s steps in Monroe’s backyard: towards a United States-China hegemonic struggle in Latin America? Rev. Bras. Polit. Int., 57 (special edition), 9-27.

    Link to journal here.

Under Review

  1. Alvarez León, L.F. (2015). Property Regimes and the Commodification of Geographic Information. In Leszczynski, A. & Crampton, J. (Eds.). Spatial Big Data and Everyday Life [Special issue]. Big Data & Society. Recommended for publication: revise and resubmit.
  2. Alvarez León, L.F. (2015). Intellectual Property Regimes and the Spatial Constitution of Digital Geographic Information Markets. In Alvarez León, L.F., Christophers, B., and Yu, L. (Eds.), The Spatial Constitution of Markets [Special Issue]. Economic Geography.
  3. Alvarez León, L.F., Christophers, B., and Yu, L. (Eds.), (2015). The Spatial Constitution of Markets [Special Issue]. Economic Geography.
  4. Alvarez León, L.F. and Gleason, C.J. (2015). Production, Property and the Construction of Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  5. León-Manríquez, J.L. and Alvarez León, L.F. (2016). The geography of Mexico’s integration in the Pacific and the long shadow of NAFTA. In Kochi, S. & De Lombaerde, P. (Eds.), Volume on regionalism in Asia Pacific and Latin America. United Nations University Series on Regionalism. Heidelberg: Springer.

In Progress

  1. Alvarez León, L.F. (2015). The technological singularity and the political imaginaries of automation. Presented at the First International Conference on Anticipation. UNESCO & University of Trento, Italy. 5-7 Nov. 2015. To be submitted to Environment and Planning A.
  2. Alvarez León, L.F. (2015). Information and Territoriality. To be submitted to Political Geography.

Presentations

1. First International Conference on Anticipation | November 2015

Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy

The technological singularity and the political imaginaries of automation

2. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Geography | September 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Invited lecture: Intellectual Property Regimes and the Spatial Constitution of Geographic Information Markets

3. Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography | August 2015

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Intellectual Property Regimes and the Spatial Constitution of Geographic Information Markets

4. Oxford Internet Institute, Summer Doctoral Programme | April 2015

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

What Makes a Map and Who Owns it? Property Regimes and Commodification in the Geoweb

5. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting | April 2015

Chicago, IL

  • What Makes a Map and Who Owns it? Property Regimes and Commodification in the Geoweb
  • Chair, co-organizer and panelist: The Spatial Constitution of Markets

6. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting | April 2013

Los Angeles, CA

The Territorial Dimension of the Internet                                                                                 

7. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting | Feb. 2012

New York City, NY

Cloudy Skies Ahead. How the Internet is Transforming the Space-Economy                                                             

8. Los Angeles Geographical Society | May 2011

L.A. City College, Los Angeles, CA

The Digital Economic Geography of Hollywood                                               

9. Internet Geographies Course | Nov. 2011

Clark University, Worcester, MA

Prof. Yuko Aoyama, Dept. of Geography                                   

Guest lecturer (videoconference on Internet Distribution, Regulation & Geography)

10. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting | April 2011

Seattle, WA

The Digital Economic Geography of Hollywood                                                                                

11. Spaces and Flows Conference Los Angeles | Dec. 2010

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Uploading Hollywood