Participatory Mapping

  • Logan CochraneEmail author
  • Jon CorbettEmail author
Reference work entry


Participatory and community mapping has emerged as a key tool for identifying and communicating development needs and been further recognized as a means to support social change. Drawing upon a broad assessment of the literature, more than two decades of experience with mapping initiatives from three continents, and covering a diverse array of applications and issues, this chapter explores both the application of participatory and community mapping and the range of impacts experienced. In so doing, the chapter explores the potential effectiveness for participatory and community mapping to effect positive change. At the same time, we will critically review the assumptions about social change and empowerment, highlighting challenges and limitations to their meaningful usage. This chapter provides practitioners and academics with an overview of participatory and community mapping uses, processes, and impacts and their role as a tool of communication for development and social change.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International and Global StudiesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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