Mapping for Change

Our Company

Mapping for Change works to provide benefit to individuals and communities from disadvantaged or marginalised groups, along with the organisations and networks that support those communities, where the goal is to create positive sustainable transformations in their environment. We also support individuals from the aforementioned groups to gain access to higher education at UCL, to study fields connected with our work.

Our Vision

A future in which communities are empowered, sustainable and resilient.

Our Mission

To empower individuals and communities to make a difference to their local area through the use of mapping and geographical information.

Our Aim

To deliver maps and techniques which enable any organisation, group or enterprise to make a change and improve their environments.

Meet The Team

  • Louise Francis

    Louise Francis

    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 fifteen 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.

  • Professor Muki Haklay

    Professor Muki Haklay

    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.

  • Chris Church

    Chris Church

    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.

  • María Alonso

    María Alonso

    María joined the team in October 2016 as Business Development Executive.

    She has devoted her life to sustainable development and livelihood improvement projects, with more than ten years experience working for NGOs and Social Enterprises. She has an academic background in Environmental Sciences and Rural Development (Erasmus Mundus International MsC in Rural Development).

    Positive and proactive, she has taken part in several innovative projects, sustaining that we can work together to re-drive our actions towards a more positive environment.

  • Hannah Stockwell

    Hannah Stockwell

    Hannah originally became involved with Mapping for Change back in 2014 and has since worked on several MfC Air Quality projects. She now joins us full time to share her broad knowledge of environmental and social issues, fundraising and the not-for-profit sector.

    Although she has lived in London for 14 years Hannah still misses the green rolling hills and clean air of her Yorkshire home. This is what has led to her passion for protecting nature and improving air quality. Her inherent lack of direction also means she has a great love, and need, for maps!

  • Zyon Francis

    Zyon Francis

    Zyon is a Community Engagement Officer at MfC. He is a very creative individual who is an avid social media user. Zyon has a sports background and is very much a team player who is always up for a challenge. He has both participated in and supported grassroots sports initiatives, with a particular focus on working with marginalised groups. He has first-hand experience of living in a disadvantaged neighbourhood; with this being said, he is driven to use these experiences to bring about real change.

  • Giulia Cordioli

    Giulia Cordioli

    Giulia is working with Mapping for Change as an intern to translate our Community Mapping platform into Italian and German.  This professional experience will enhance her current studies in Translation and Interpreting at University “Fondazione UniverMantova” (Italy).

    Giulia is particularly interested in translation and interpretation in this social context as it brings together her passion for precision in her job and her desire to learn more about community development and sustainability.

  • Perrine Machuel

    Perrine Machuel

    Perrine works part-time at MfC as a GIS Data Analyst for projects around air quality and other environmental issues. She analyses and creates different visualizations using MfC’s data. Before this, she completed a 6-week internship during the summer 2019.

    Her year-long experience of living in a community of people with learning disabilities has led to her current interest in working with and for communities. At MfC, Perrine particularly enjoys working on projects which connect social, geographical and environmental issues, and hopes to bring her (newly-acquired) programming skills to bring these issues to life through data analysis.

  • Ruben Douglas

    Ruben Douglas

    Ruben is a voluntary researcher at MfC with a focus on air quality management in London.

    He has a background in the biological sciences, holding a BSc in Biology (with honours) from the University of Bristol. He will be starting an MRes in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2018.

  • Grace Iara Souza

    Grace Iara Souza

    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:

London 21

Vinciane Rycroftas, Lucy Glover, Coleen Whitaker and Georgia van Rooijen

UCL Excites Group

Dr Patrick Weber, Patrick Rickles and Gianfranco Gliozzo

UCL Geography

Hanif Rahemtulla, Dan Lewis and Marc Owen Alethea Kimmel-Guy

MSc in GIS at UCL

Paolo Isoardi, Sarah Theakston Yang Liu, Spyridon Spyratos and Nat Evatt

King’s College London

Claire Gibson


We are currently not recruiting. Any new opportunities will be advertised here.

Interns & Volunteers

We are constantly receiving help from Masters students from both UCL and King’s College London, Department of Geography.

Would you like to be part of the team? Contact us and find out more about current vacancies.