Joe Shaw graduated from the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.

Joe’s DPhil research examines disruption and innovation within the ‘PropTech’ industry and the global real estate market. In particular, he is interested in the market effects of of data analytics platforms which promise heightened accuracy and efficiency in the property valuation process. His research seeks to explain how such technologies are transforming investment practices, including by producing new global real estate assets and new processes of urbanisation.

Joe originally worked for five years in architectural practice before pursuing a masters in urban geography. His masters research examined the technologies, cultures and politics of the volunteer-led recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. More recently he has worked in market research, data analytics and publishing.

Research interests

Sociology of technology, political economy, urbanisation, real estate, financialisation, gentrification, performativity, post-politics, ethnography, user-generated content, PropTech, FinTech, Smart Cities.

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Assistant, January 2015 – December 2015
  • DPhil student, October 2014 –




  • SHAW, J. and GRAHAM, M. (2020) "Digital information and the right to the city" In: The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities Willis, K. and Aurigi, A. (eds.) First Edition. London: Routledge.
  • GRAHAM, M. and SHAW, J. (2018) "Ein Informationelles Recht auf Stadt" In: Smart City - Kritische Perspektiven auf die Digitalisierung in Städten. transcript Verlag. 177-204.
  • SHAW, J. and GRAHAM, M. (2018) "Ein informationelles Recht auf Stadt? Code, Content, Kontrolle und die Urbanisierung von Information" In: Smart City - Kritische Perspektiven auf die Digitalisierung in Städten Bauriedl, S. and Strüver, A. (eds.). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. 177-204.
  • Shaw, J. and Graham, M. (2017) "An Informational Right to the City? Code, Content, Control, and the Urbanization of Information" In: The Right to the City: A Verso Report. London: Verso.

Journal articles

Internet publications

  • Shaw, J. (2017) Book Review: Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide by Ingrid Burrington. LSE Review of Books.


  • SHAW, J. (2019) The Hidden Hand of the Hipster: real estate data analytics platforms and Build-to-Rent investment. Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). CaCHE.
  • Dwyer, A. and Shaw, J. (2017) Place-faking: fermenting resistance through digital productions of space. RGS-IBG London.
  • Shaw, J.S. (2017) Our Digital Rights to the City. Museum of Architecture, London, UK..
  • Shaw, J.S. (2017) Data-Driven Gentrification: small data and the dissolving city. University of York, UK..