A future in which communities are empowered, sustainable and resilient.
To empower individuals and communities to make a difference to their local area through the use of mapping and geographical information.
To deliver maps and techniques which enable any organisation, group or enterprise to make a change and improve their environments.
Meet The Team
Louise is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of MfC. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of MfC and oversees the development and delivery of our activities.
She has an academic background in environmental science and has over ten years’ experience of working with communities and grass-roots organisations in the UK and throughout the Eastern Caribbean, with a particular focus on justice, sustainability and community development. She specialises in the delivery of participatory mapping and citizen science activities.
Muki is a Co-Founder and Director of MfC. He is a Professor of Geographic Information Science and the director of UCL Extreme Citizen Science research group, which is dedicated to create new methods for participatory and collaborative science.
His research interests include Public Access and use of Environmental Information, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability Engineering of GIS and Societal aspects of GIS use. He has been involved in participatory GIS since 1999, when during his PhD research he explored how it can be used to involved local communities in understanding new developments in Wandsworth.
Ana is a Director of MfC and the Social Enterprise Business Manager at UCL Business Plc where she promotes, identifies and develops opportunities for social enterprise throughout UCL departments.
She brings 6 years of experience in social innovation and enterprise. After completing her MBA, she joined UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs where she provided seed funding and support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. Prior to UnLtd, Ana planned and implemented economic development initiatives in Massachusetts, United States. She holds a BA in International Relations from Universidad de San Andres and an MBA from Oxford University.
Chris is a Co-Founder and Director of Mapping for Change.
Chris has 25 years experience working on sustainable and community development. He previously worked as local and regional development manager for Friends of the Earth UK, and is now on the Board or FoE. He also chairs the UK Low Carbon Communities Network. He works extensively as a trainer and advisor to local communities, notably on the Big Lottery 10-year ‘Big Local’ programme. He has also worked extensively with communities and NGOs in Eastern Europe.
Julius joined Mapping for Change as a Junior Developer in April 2014. He is working alongside the ExCiteS Senior Developer to develop the front-end software, which will support the new Community Maps platform, and provides a variety of web development actions.
He brings to the role his academic background, a B.Eng in Telecommunications Engineering, together with two years of experience working as a freelance Front-End Developer.
Rebecca joined Mapping for Change in July 2014 as a part-time intern, and then became a Community Engagement Officer in September 2014. She conducts a range of research, communication and engagement activities.
She brings to the role her interdisciplinary academic background – a BA in English from Warwick, and an MSc with Distinction in Urban Studies from UCL – and previous research experience at the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, and the Historic Towns Forum.
Lara joined Mapping for Change in June 2014. She oversees all Administration, and has directed several MfC Documentaries.
She is originally from Edinburgh and has a very varied background. She spent 7 years working in finance dealing with stock market investments and then went onto work in Film & TV as a make-up artist, producer and production co-ordinator for 6 years. She recently moved back to London from Edinburgh where she was working as part of the University of Edinburgh Physics and Astronomy accounts department.
Grace is a researcher on the subjects of sustainable development, human and environmental security, and political ecology. She holds an MA (with distinction) in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King’s College London and a BA (with honours) in International Relations from Laureate International, in São Paulo. Her areas of investigation have focused on global demands and the local adaptation of environmental regimes.
Grace was an intern here at MfC while doing her MA at King’s and since has remained an active member of the team.
We are very grateful to the following people who somehow contributed to the development of technologies and methodologies used here at Mapping for Change:
Vinciane Rycroftas, Lucy Glover, Coleen Whitaker and Georgia van Rooijen
Dr Patrick Weber, Patrick Rickles and Gianfranco Gliozzo
Hanif Rahemtulla, Dan Lewis and Marc Owen Alethea Kimmel-Guy
Paolo Isoardi, Sarah Theakston Yang Liu, Spyridon Spyratos and Nat Evatt
Interns & Volunteers
We are constantly receiving help from Masters students from both UCL and King’s College London, Department of Geography.