Tuesday 26 November 18:30 - 19:30

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

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The Power of Maps


James Cheshire, Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography, UCL Department of Geography, delivers his Inaugural Lecture: The Power of Maps

About the lecture

Maps are everywhere and have never been more important for navigating some of the biggest challenges we face. They give us a view into some of the enormous datasets we collect about our world and the best provide clarity in the face of immense complexity. Drawing from a decade of work at UCL Geography, this talk will make the case for why we need more maps and will share the analytical and creative processes that are required to create them.

About the speaker

James Cheshire is Director of the UCL Q-Step Centre and Deputy Director of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre. His research focuses on the use of “big” and open datasets in social science and he has a passion for mapping and data visualisation. He’s co-authored two books London: The Information Capital and Where the Animals Go and won numerous awards including the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek Award.

Image: Population Lines, James Cheshire


Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL. 

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Access profile

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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