Louise Francis

Speaker: The Role of Citizen Science in Accessibility

MfC_profileLouise is co-founder and Managing Director of Mapping for Change, a UCL owned social enterprise that specialises in work on involving communities in changing, developing or sustaining their environment and in helping them to make the links between local action and bigger national and global issues through the application of mapping. Louise specializes in the delivery of community engagement, participatory mapping and citizen science programmes and has over 13 years’ experience working with a diverse range of grass-roots and civil society organisations across the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Louise’s research interests relate to the differing contributions participatory mapping, volunteered geographic information and citizen science make as agents for change. Recent research projects include the development of smartphone applications and web maps that support user-generated (crowdsourced) environmental information capture to engage the public in environmental monitoring (EveryAware)  and more recently Louise is involved in a new EU funded project, Collective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities & Regions (CAP4Access), that will seek to develop and pilot methods and tools for collectively gathering and sharing spatial information for improving accessibility.

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