Dr. Vincent Mosco

​Vincent Mosco (Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University and Distinguished Professor of Communication, New Media Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai. At Queen's, Dr. Mosco held the Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society. His research interests include the political economy of communication, the social impacts of information technology, and the future of cities. 

Dr. Mosco is author or editor of twenty-six books including The Digital Sublime (MIT, 2004) and The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009). His 2014 To the Cloud (Routledge) is the first in a trilogy on the social impacts of new technologies. The second is Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society (Emerald, 2017), which addressed the convergence of cloud computing, big data analytics, and the internet of things. The third is the 2019 The Smart City in a Digital World (Emerald), which takes up the political economic and cultural significance of the global movement to apply advanced technologies to manage and govern urban regions. Dr. Mosco’s participation in research groups in Brazil and in China led to the publication in 2019 of two research collections to which he contributed and which he co-edited.

Dr. Mosco serves on the editorial boards of academic journals throughout the world and has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy, the National Research Council and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in Canada with the Ministry of Communication. A founding member of the Union for Democratic Communication, Dr. Mosco has also chaired the Political Economy section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and was a research associate with the Harvard Program on Information Resources Policy. In addition, he has served as a consultant to trade unions and worker organizations in Canada and the United States. 

In 2004 Dr. Mosco received the Dallas W. Smythe Award for outstanding achievement in communication research. The Digital Sublime won the 2005 Olson Award for outstanding book in the field of rhetoric and cultural studies. In 2014 the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honoured Dr. Mosco and his partner in life and in research, Dr. Catherine McKercher, with the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award for achievement and leadership in research and activism. In 2019 Dr. Mosco was given the C. Edwin Baker award for outstanding scholarship in media, markets, and democracy from the International Communication Association.​ He is currently working on a book with the work title The Education of Desire: Utopia in the Age of the Metaverse.


What's New:

Accepted invitation to write a chapter for the forthcoming Handbook of Digital Labor to be published by Wiley Blackwell, June 2022.

​Gave the keynote lecture "Freedom, Utopia, and the Metaverse," to the Annual Graduate Student Conference, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, May 10, 2022.

Gave the lecture  "The Better Place: Utopia in the Age of the Metaverse", sponsored by SIEMEC-AICMA, a research institute based in India and Bangledesh, May 7, 2022.

Gave two lectures sponsored by Fudan University, Shanghai in its China and the World Global Lecture Series. These were "Neo-liberalism and the Next Internet," April 22, 2022 and "Utopia in the Age of the Metaverse," April 28, 2022.

New Review Essay: "Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States—Brian Rosenwald (Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard Univ. Press, 2019, 358 pp.)," in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 23-25, March 2022, doi: 10.1109/MTS.2022.3147540

Accepted the invitation to write an article tentatively titled "What's a Meta For?: Confronting the Metaverse" for a special issue of the journal Javnost: The Public, March 2022

Participated in a podcast on China and its relationship to the United States, February 2022. https://centerleftradio.podbean.com/e/america-s-china-syndrome-a-noble-hearts-forum/

​Started research on a new book tentatively titled The Better Place: Imagining Utopia in the Age of the Metaverse, December 2021.

Gave a keynote address (online) to the bi-annual conference in Media and Communication sponsored by The Centre for Research in Media and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, November 2021. My theme was "The Political Economy of Digital Media in the New Normal"

Accepted invitation to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Transcultural Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University, November 2021.

Interview on the state of the digital world appeared in publications in Greece (in Greek) https://kosmodromio.gr/2021/10/19/tis-eksupnes-poleis-tis-kanoun-oi-anthrw/, October 2021.

​​Accepted the invitation of the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) to join the editorial board of The Social Science Review, September, 2021.

A review of the Chinese edition of The Smart City in a Digital World ​appeared in Shanghai's leading newspaper Jiefang Daily​, August, 2021.

I gave the Opening Address and two lectures at the Tenth Annual Summer School, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, June 21- June 25, 2021.

I gave a seminar on "Myth" to a faculty group at the University of Colorado, Boulder, June 15, 2021.

​“Digital Labour and Smart Cities: An Interview with Vincent Mosco” has been published in the book Os laboratórios do trabalho digital: entrevistas, edited  by Rafael Grohmann, Sao Paulo: Boitempo, 2021.  

My chapter "The Next Internet" was published in the book Media: A Transdisciplinary Inquiry, edited by Jeremy Swartz and Janet Wasko, Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2021, pp.173-186.

Chinese translation of The Smart City in a Digital World​, Truth and Wisdom Press, Shanghai, China, 2021.



Three books published in 2019:
The Smart City in a Digital World. London: Emerald, 2019. https://bit.ly/2TRs2iS

Critical Communication Research: Western Perspectives, edited with Cao Jin, was published by the Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2019.

The Political Economy of Journalism: New (and old) Logics of Production and Consumption​, edited with Jacqueline Dorado, Denise Lopes, Juliana Teixeira and Renan Marques,   Teresina: EDUFPI. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V9SQTMW/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_IZGlDbGHGPCER, 2019.​

Review of The Smart City in a Digital World, in the Journal of Cultural Economy, April, 2021, 

Review of The Smart City in a Digital World ​in the Chinese Journal of Communication, October, 2020, 

Review of The Smart City in a Digital World ​in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research​, Vol. 44, Issue 1, January, 2020 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-2427.12883

Comments on The Smart City in a Digital World 
'This is an insightful, informative book that takes a critical, informed look into a technology-driven development from a social sense perspective.' -- Bob Emmerson, IoT Now Transport

'The Smart City in a Digital World is already a classic book summarizing and adapting Vincent Mosco’s thinking to the new mythology of contemporary societies: smart cities. The smartness of our cities is not made by people, but by technologies. The smartness is an obliged future all the cities should aim for. The smartness is a political idea created by a mix of business interests, surveillance capitalism, and neoliberism. Smart cities are, at the end, another mythology brought by digitalization with strong effects on the ways humans live together in big cities. But another way is possible and Mosco, in the last pages, proposes a manifesto for the smart cities, placing humans at the center of them.' -- Prof. dr. Gabriele Balbi, Associate Professor in Media Studies, USI Università della Svizzera italiana

'This is a book that challenges the current excitement about ‘smart cities’, a buzzword that Vincent Mosco critically dissects as another of the ‘sublime visions’, like ‘garden cities’ and ‘postmodern cities’, that continually resurface as urban mythologies… an important source for urban studies and communications scholars as well as urban planners, technology students, sociologists and political economists and others concerned about the future of cities as spaces for people and not just for private profit. The author describes democratic alternatives to the view that what makes a city smart is only technology, arguing that people make cities smart and that smart cities begin with a vibrant democracy, support for public space, and a commitment to citizens' control over technology. He integrates discussion of climate change into the discussion of urban issues, controversies, and alternatives to the smart city concept. He draws on case studies from around the world to discuss various meanings of smart cities; the history of the smart city concept; technologies involved in the infrastructure of smart cities and how they are increasingly integrated into urban life; smart city governance by the state, private businesses, and citizens; myths, imaginaries, and ideologies of cities and what they might become; and the problems and potential of smart cities.'
Gerald Sussman, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research