Lowry has PhD in Literary Studies, and he has published widely on contemporary Canadian Literature and Culture—literature, photography, film, and television. Recent work investigates new forms of cultural expression and social contexts, particularly around questions of globalization and urbanization.
A senior researcher in Emily Carr's Social and Interactive Media Research Centre (SIM), Lowry focuses on new media platforms that link scholars, artists, and audiences across cultural and geographical distances: for example, the Maraya project, a large-scale artwork connecting urban waterfronts in Vancouver and Dubai. He is also working on findings form a qualitative study of SSHRC's Research/Creations grants.
From 2002-11, Lowry edited the cultural journal West Coast Line. His Pacific Avenue (2009) is a collection of poems looking at image-based memory and geography.