I am a professor of Human Geography in the department of Community Culture and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan. I am also the director of the Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) and the director of the Spatial Information for Community Engagement (SpICE) Lab.
The practice side of my research explores how map-making (both paper and digital) is used by communities to document, store and communicate their spatial knowledge. The theoretical side examines how this spatial representation can alter a community internally, as well as externally, through increasing influence over decision-making and agency in the process of social change.
All aspects of my research incorporate a core community element, meaning that the work is of tangible benefit for the communities with whom I work; that those communities feel a strong sense of ownership over the research process; and that community members are engaged and engage in the research endeavour.
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in participatory mapping, community mapping, the participatory geoweb and or spatial justice related issues please contact me. I am always looking for motivated students to join our team in ICER and the SpICE Lab.
To date, research that critically examines the benefits of participatory mapping has been anecdotal, little is known about the long-term impacts. This collaborative project explores how we can create lasting changes in addressing inequity, and contributing to collective good.
There are currently few open-source tools to facilitate the resource management referral process that could streamline the duty to consult between government, proponents and First Nation communities in British Columbia, Canada. We are collaboratively developing tools to facilitate decision-making relating to the referral process.
Access to affordable and accessible housing is increasingly problematic in the Okanagan. We designed an online web mapping tool to assist individuals looking for low-income rentals, supportive housing or emergency shelters, this website helps pinpoint housing and the agencies that provide it, within the City of Kelowna.
I am originally from the UK. I met my partner while we were both doing graduate work in Oxford. When our first child was born, we moved to Canada and have been privileged to have lived in British Columbia since 1998.
In 2006 we moved from Victoria to the Okanagan to work at UBC's newly opened campus in the region. It has been an amazing experience to see, and be involved in the growth and maturing of the university. The Okanagan has also been a wonderful place to live.
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