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Human-Centred Design for Disaster Relief, Crisis Mapping, Architectural Restoration and Film Industry: – using location-specific hyper-local technologies for positive change.


Working at the intersection of technical anthropology and human geography, I am a craftsman-turned designer, humanitarian project lead, and community advocate. Engaged in intervention design and field operations since 1988, my current work bridges environmental, creative and humanitarian activism, and is characterised by collaborations which improvise local technologies for community empowerment. As a visual anthropologist and critical geographer, I communicate this operational background, advocating for digital rights, climate/cultural justice and social change in publications, blogs and public appearances. Research is associated with University of Plymouth’s Sustainable Earth Institute, Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society, Westminster and Cambridge Universities, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSFUK) Manson Unit.

Online CV HERE (opens in a new tab)

  • The Digital Revolution and Arabic OpenData

    The Digital Revolution and Arabic OpenData

    The Jordan ‘Community-Mapping Climate Memory’ project aims to help local people map how they and their livelihoods are adapting to extreme and accelerated climate change. In Al Azraq desert oasis, OpenStreetMap (OSM) is getting used to record cultural practices as a living archive of usable community assets. The project draws on a legacy of OSM…

  • Pioneering Community Open Mapping in the UK

    Pioneering Community Open Mapping in the UK

    Wellbeing, Resilience, and Food-Desert-mapping. With Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, NHS Wales and Missing Maps/Medecins Sans Frontieres. Community-led data helped to map wider determinants of Wellbeing, Co-morbidities, Social Exclusion and outbreak vulnerability. Reconnecting the NHS with its communities in the birth-place of the NHS (and of the Labour Party). We adapted Motorcycle Mapping methods previously used with…

  • United Statelessness and Counter-Mapping

    United Statelessness and Counter-Mapping

    Doctoral Research – Is all Geography Psycho-Geography? Exploring the post-digital decolonisation of navigation and plural cultural geography amongst Seafarers, Boatpunks and Refugees: Discussing blue ontology, recycling, and ocean citizenship in our era of global migration. Associated Publication: Chapter 29: The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society This project embarks from the observation that ‘maps…