Assistant Professor

Room EV1-312, ext. 35783
S2019 office hours: Tuesdays 2-3:30pm

Daniel is an economic geographer who is interested in ‘startup economies,’ digital media, equity finance, entrepreneurship, gender and sexuality, and emotions and affect in the workplace.

Upcoming Courses

GEOG100 - On Becoming a Geography (Fall 2017)
GEOG202 - Introduction to the Global Economy (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)

Key Areas of Graduate Supervision

Cultural geography, critical human geography, economic geography, entrepreneurialism and startup economies, feminist geography, queer geography and sexuality.

Research Interests

Daniel focusses his empirical research on working culture, anti-work politics, and neoliberalism, taking up feminist and cultural lenses in economic geography to approach these themes. His current research, building on doctoral work in San Francisco and Silicon Valley with entrepreneurs and others working for startup firms, examines entrepreneurship and education in the Waterloo-Kitchener context.

Theoretically, Daniel’s research is influenced by social theory, including feminist theory, Marx’s writing, political theory, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and queer and affect theory. In particular his theoretical research has focused on the early writing of philosopher Gilles Deleuze, prior to (though without ignoring) his later collaborations with Félix Guattari. Additionally, Daniel also investigates the relationship between queer theory and software studies, and is engaged in feminist critiques of knowledge production in geography particularly through the practice of academic citation conceptualized as a method for reproducing academic authority in the discipline.

Recent Publications

  • Mott, Carrie, Daniel G. Cockayne. Forthcoming. Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of ‘conscientious engagement’. Gender, Place & Culture.

  • Cockayne, Daniel G., Lizzie Richardson. Forthcoming. Queering code/space: queer theory, geography, and technology. Gender, Place & Culture.

  • Cockayne, Daniel G., Agnieszka Leszczynski, Matthew Zook. Forthcoming. #hotsforbots: intimacy, sex, and the non-human in digital spaces of encounter. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

  • Cockayne, Daniel G., Derek Ruez, Anna Secor. 2017. Between ontology and representation: locating Gilles Deleuze’s ‘difference-in-itself’ in and for geographical thought. Progress in Human Geography.

  • Cockayne, Daniel G. 2016. ‘Sharing’ as neoliberal strategy: the economic function and discursive practice of sharing in the digital ‘on demand’ economy. Geoforum. 77: 73-82.

  • Cockayne, Daniel G. 2016. Locating affect, exploitation, and value in critical examinations of digital prosumption and big data. Big Data & Society. 3(2): 1-11.

  • Cockayne, Daniel G. 2016. Entrepreneurial affect: attachment to work practice in San Francisco’s digital media sector. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 34(3): 456-473.

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