Executive Board and Special Advisors

Rudo Kemper, President

Rudo is a geographer with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) who works with indigenous and other traditional communities in South America on participatory mapping and storytelling projects. For the past four years, Rudo has been working with the Matawai Maroons in Suriname to map their ancestral lands and record oral history storytelling about historically and culturally significant places in their territory. In the context of this project, Rudo is leading the development of an offline-compatible geostorytelling platform called Terrastories, which is open-source and available for communities anywhere in the world to document their own place-based storytelling traditions using maps and media-rich content. Rudo also manages ACT’s digital storytelling initiatives, contributes to ACT’s spatial data collection and monitoring processes, designs high quality cartographic and digital maps, and represents the organization in public forums and media. Rudo’s academic background includes an MA and PhD research in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an MA in International Administration from the University of Miami. He has worked with indigenous communities in Suriname, Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica, and is passionate about helping communities achieve their own vision of buen vivir.

Albertus Hadi Pramono (Monti), Vice President

Monti is a is a geographer with a PhD from the Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu (USA). He was a biologist, but later turned into a human geographer. After finishing his first degree he spent eight years in environmental movement in Indonesia with research and managerial positions. During these years he actively involved in policy advocacy on forestry, biodiversity and climate change. His involvement in policy advocacy continues to date by providing supports and conducting background studies for the works. He came to the University of Hawaii in 1998 with Fulbright Scholarship and took political ecology major. His thesis was on the counter-mapping movement in Indonesia, which becomes his main interest currently. When entering the PhD program at the same university he took cultural geography as his major, with special interest in applying postcolonial approaches in his research. For the last few years, he has been developing and implementing methodology for large-scale mapping of village boundaries in Indonesia using participatory approaches. His research interests are the right-based approach in forestry and biodiversity conservation, the application of participatory mapping for community-based resource planning, and the interaction between knowledge systems, and history of cartography.

Charla M. Burnett, Secretarial Officer

As a scholar and practitioner in Global Governance and Human Security and co-founder of Refugees Welcome!, Charla has been studying the intersection between migration, conflict, and resource management for over 8 years. She combines her skills in mediation, group dialogue, and facilitation to design community-based decision models, and analyzes geospatial data for participatory mapping projects. Charla uses GIS in an attempt to democratize the planning and management of key resources to reduce societal, political, and economic tension between stakeholder groups. Charla is a Spatial Planning Fellow at the Marine Science Institute and McClintock Lab/SeaSketch and is working with the Waitt Institute on their Blue Halo Initiative in the Caribbean. She is also a fellow at the Center of Peace, Democracy, and Development where Charla works with a network of international conflict mediators to reduce violent conflicts worldwide. She advises the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Migration Issues Network and was named one of Forbes’s 2016 Under 30 Scholars.

Alison DeGraff Ollivierre, Director-at-Large

Alison (Aly) Ollivierre has been researching and facilitating participatory mapping projects since 2010, most notably recording local knowledge on important historical, cultural, and ecological heritage sites and assisting in the development of a collaborative marine multi-use zoning plan in the transboundary Grenadines—which are split between the countries of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada—in the Eastern Caribbean. Her subsequent postgraduate research uniquely focused on the value of participatory mapping in small island developing states (SIDS) and its use in addressing climate change, particularly in the wider Caribbean. Aly earned her MSc from the University of the West Indies, Saint Augustine (Trinidad), her BA from Middlebury College (Vermont), and she is a certified geographic information systems professional (GISP). She currently works full-time as a cartographer for National Geographic Maps, part-time for BirdsCaribbean, and she conducts freelance work as Tombolo Maps and Design, through which she also presents and advises on participatory mapping. Aly was named one of xyHt Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Remarkable Geospatial Professionals for 2018 and she has earned a number of prestigious awards for her cartography and research.

Hannah Torres, Director-at-Large

Hannah Torres is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Sociology, where she is working on an NSF-funded project mapping sense of place to inform environmental restoration. In addition to having a background in teaching and education, Hannah earned a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida, and she holds a master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke. To this point, Hannah’s participatory mapping research has been largely related to preventing marine debris and facilitating coastal restoration. Other research areas include community resilience to natural hazards, climate adaptation, and human-environment interactions.

Efraim D. Roxas, Director-at-Large

Efraim is a faculty of the College of Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños where he teaches human settlements planning. As a licensed environmental planner, he is actively engaging Local Governments in the Philippines in the use of participatory mapping and participatory land use planning. He is also interested in using participatory mapping in trying to understand risk, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity of coastal communities to climate change impacts which is the focus of his research as a PhD Geography student in Florida State University under Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Angela Rout, Director-at-Large

Angela Rout researches ways that new data can lead to better cities. Her research touches on the human experience of SmartCities, Spatial Data Analytics, Public Engagement and Participatory Mapping. Her background in the practice and research of architecture informs her current research into the use of big data from smartphones. In particular, Angela is interested in developing data visualizations (maps) that represent human movement and behavior data. Her research has explored how these maps can help designers make better decisions, as well as promote informed public engagement processes. She holds a Ph.D. in Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary (2020), as well as a Master’s of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Marena Brinkhurst, Technology Director

Marena supports collaborations between teams at Mapbox and external partners interested in using Mapbox, OpenStreetMap, and other open source and open data tools to further their efforts for positive social and environmental change. Before joining Mapbox, Marena worked to secure customary and indigenous land rights in Africa and Asia with the non-profit Namati, and facilitated participatory planning efforts with indigenous communities in Canada. Marena holds a master’s degree in natural resource management and planning from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Guelph.

Jiří (Jirka) Pánek, Editorial Board

Jiří Pánek holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Geography and GIS from the Department of Geoinformatics and a Ph.D. from the Department of Development Studies, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. His research is focussed on GIS in development cooperation and humanitarian aid, with a main focus on Participatory GIS (PGIS/ PPGIS). He has experience of mapping in Kenya and South Africa, he also studied GIS in India and completed research fellowship in Urban Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. He co-developed participatory mapping tool PocitoveMapy.cz and currently he is teaching (P)GIS at the Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Palacky University Olomouc.

Jon Corbett, Editorial Board

Jon is an Associate Professor at UBC Okanagan, and the director of the Institute for Community Engaged Research and the SpICE Lab (Spatial Information for Community Engagement). He has two primary interests. Firstly, to explore how digital multimedia technologies can be combined with maps and used by communities to document, store and communicate their spatial knowledge. Secondly, to examine how the representation of this knowledge using these technologies impact a community through transforming their influence over decision-making and their ability to become active agents in the process of social change. 

All aspects of Jon’s research include a core community element; this means that the research is of tangible benefit for the communities with whom he works and that those communities feel a strong sense of ownership over the research process and outcomes. Jon is a key developer of Geolive, a web-based participatory mapping tool developed by a team of programmers, undergraduate and graduate students in the SpiCE Lab. He has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and, since 2003, with a number of First Nations and Métis communities in Canada. 

Michael McCall, Special Adviser

Michael (studied at Bristol and Northwestern) is currently Senior Researcher in the Centre for Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Morelia. He was at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands for many years, and earlier in Sri Lanka and University of Dar es Salaam. He is a social environmental geographer who has worked mainly in Eastern & Southern Africa, South Asia, Mexico and Latin America. Research & teaching experience are in community mapping and PGIS of local spatial knowledge—rural & urban—with an emphasis on participatory spatial planning, risks and vulnerability, territoriality, natural resource / environmental management, and landscape perception.

Marketta Kyttä, Special Adviser

Marketta has background in environmental psychology and she received her PhD in the Department of Architecture in Helsinki University of Technology. Currently she works as a professor of Land Use Planning in Aalto University, Finland. She is a leader of a research group and Master’s programme, that integrates Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering without forgetting the human focus.She has been working with PPGIS since 2004, when her team started to develop the so called softGIS methodology.  Geospatial World Forum granted softGIS team a webGIS Innovation award in 2010. Currently the methodology has been commercialized as a Maptionnaire tool by Mapita Ltd. Her research interests cover widely human aspects in planning. The participatory mapping research topics include e.g. environments that promote wellbeing and health, active living, social sustainability, perceived safety, child- and age-friendly settings, various lifestyles and new methods and support systems for public participation.

Vera Hausner, Special Advisor

Vera Hausner holds a position as a Professor in Sustainability Science at UiT-the Arctic University of Norway. She is currently leading the Sustainability Lab (www.arcticsustainability.com) which aims for interdisciplinary- and collaborative research using inter alia  participatory mapping to involve local-and indigenous communities. She has worked comparatively with participatory mapping in Arctic Canada, Alaska, Norway and Russia combining natural-and social sciences to investigate the rapid transitions taking place. She has also worked with web-based PPGIS, mobile apps and crowdsourced data in Alpine regions, and is currently leading a large-scale PPGIS study covering 81 municipalities to map public perceptions of blue growth along the arctic coast of Norway. Her main research interest is global change, people-and nature interactions, and their relevance for sustainable pathways.

Ogina Hillary, Special Adviser 

Ogina is a land rights and communication and policy advocacy specialist with  experience in working with land marginalized indigenous communities both in Kenya and in the Amazon region of  Brazil.  He has vast experience in  supporting community voices through various methodologies most notably  through  community led social mapping (the new social cartography of the Amazon ). This he has practised  as a means of ensuring that community voices  are strengthened with the aim of enabling to be able to effectively  advocate for their rights over land and natural resources which are mostly disregarded. He is currently working at Kenya Land Alliance. He has previous experience as a media consultant and has worked on policy advocacy over the past 8 years.  He holds a bachelors of Arts degree in Linguistics and development studies and is a Master of Science in communications student.

Jeff Hackett, Special Advisor

Jeff Hackett is a Capacity Building and Partnership Coordinator at The Firelight Group. Jeff has extensive experience in developing and managing geospatial workshops, training, and curriculum. He is the program manager for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop—the largest Indigenous geospatial workshop in North America. Jeff also has broad experience in coordinating and leading traditional knowledge and use studies for large-scale resource development projects and environmental assessment review and analysis.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in Environmental Assessment from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His research concentrates on the effects of Indigenous counter-mapping processes on large-scale industrial resource development projects in the Canadian environmental assessment process. Jeff also holds a master’s degree in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Jeff has over 10 years working with communities on stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and community-based development. He is a member of the Google Earth Outreach Trainer Network, Esri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program, and the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives.

Giacomo Rambaldi, Special Advisor

Giacomo Rambaldi is Senior Programme Coordinator ICTs at the Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in Wageningen, Netherlands. He has 38 years of professional experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean where he worked for various international organizations including FAO and the Asian Development Bank and on projects funded by the Italian Aid to Development and the European Commission. He holds a degree in agricultural sciences from the State University of Milan, Italy.  

At present he is  member of the ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) team at CTA and is coordinating a stream of activities related to the deployment of drone technology in agriculture including influencing drone governance’s policy making. In collaboration with other members of the ICT4Ag team at CTA, Giacomo animates thematic Communities of Practice which underpin CTA’s work on ICTs and technology innovation.

Giacomo has been leading Web2.0 and Social Media capacity building activities at CTA and earned worldwide recognition for his work as recipient of the 2013 WSIS Project Prize in the category E-Agriculture.  He also leads activities in the domain of participatory GIS where he animates a large community of practice. One of his projects earned CTA the 2007 World Summit Award in the category e-culture. 

Websites: www.iapad.org, www.ppgis.net, www.p3dm.org, www.afgoesdigital.com
Twitter: @iapad
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/giacomo-rambaldi 
Blogger: http://participatorygis.blogspot.com 

Greg Brown, In Memoriam

Greg was a professor at California Polytechnic State University and head of the Natural Resource Management and Environmental Sciences Department (2016–2020). He was known by his colleagues for his generosity, effective and fair leadership, and unwavering support of his students. Greg published multiple seminal works in public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) spanning three decades. He founded the Landscape Values and PPGIS Institute to facilitate global research and communication about participatory spatial planning methods. 

Greg joined California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in 2016 as Department Head of Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences after serving in multiple academic leadership positions at the University of Queensland, Central Washington University, University of South Australia, Alaska Pacific University, and Green Mountain College.  He held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Queensland and the University of South Australia.

Greg’s foundational work on PPGIS critically engage the definition of ‘public,’ and demonstrate the inconsistencies of stakeholder engagement across real-world projects. He often challenged scholars and practitioners of participatory mapping to communicate and resolve long standing disputes over terminology and methods. He valued the incorporation of underrepresented communities in the participatory mapping process.

It was in this space of critical contrast that the International Society of Participatory Mapping (ISPM) was first conceptualized. Greg provided ISPM with startup funding to reach our collaborative vision, a world in which participatory mapping is focused on meaningful public participation and the inclusion of multiple values. His vision for the ISPM society was to create an arena for participatory mapping technologies to empower indigenous and local communities to explore the wisdom of crowds, and to provide high quality data for urban planning and for creating sustainable futures. We cannot be more thankful for Greg’s service and support with ISPM and the many other organizations and institutions he touched.