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Mapping: Culture and GIScience (MCGIS)

The Mapping: Culture and GIScience (MCGIS) research group seeks to facilitate collaboration between colleagues with research interests from a variety of geographical sub-disciplines that involve GIS and mapping.

The group includes a combination of creative, cultural and critical scholars alongside geographical information scientists, remote sensing specialists and physical geographers with interest in spatial analysis. This unique combination of researchers allows a holistic view of mapping to be taken, in which we are able to draw upon both technical and critical skillsets in the development of new methods and applications.

Our focus, therefore, lies in areas such as emergent technologies, data analysis, data visualisation and software development in a wide variety of application drawn from both human and physical Geography.

The group benefits from the use of university facilities such as the University Map Library, which houses one of the most significant map collections in the UK, and equipment for mapping, surveying and data collection including both fixed-wing and rotary UAV’s.

Amongst other activities, MCGIS recently hosted the 25th GIS Research UK (GISRUK) conference, held in April 2017.

Research topics

  • The development of tools and methods informed by GIS
  • Digital cartographic theory and experimentation
  • The development and application of novel PGIS and VGI approaches
  • The potential of playful approaches as mapping methodologies
  • The application of novel remote sensing techniques to understand ecosystem processes and functions
  • The affordances and materialities of digital, analogue and hand-made mapping
  • The use of advanced spatial analysis, including for understanding spatial pattern and process in urban environmental processes, ecosystems and human-environment interactions
  • Multi-sensory mapping
  • Humanitarian health-focused mapping in the Global South

Contact us

Dr Jonny Huck
Chair, Mapping: Culture and GIScience (MCGIS) Research Group
Room 1.034, Arthur Lewis Building
Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED)
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Telephone: +44 (0)1612 767 571