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Geographers Scoop Prestigious King's Award for Innovation

Posted on 24/11/2016
Three King’s geographers have won a prestigious King’s Award for Excellence in Innovation and Impact for their work in establishing King’s Humanitarian Mappers.

Dr Faith Taylor, Dr James Millington and Michele Ferretti picked up the award which recognises a team or individual whose innovative and cost effective initiative has had a positive impact on the university’s reputation.

Humanitarian Mappers

King’s Humanitarian Mappers meets up every two weeks to map areas that are vulnerable to, or have suffered from, disasters such as humanitarian emergencies or natural disasters.

Dr Faith Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, said: “We run King’s Humanitarian Mappers in our spare time because we enjoy it and have fun working together, but it was a real pleasure to see that the college has recognised the value of our work in helping to put the world’s most vulnerable people on the map. The best part about the evening for us was rubbing shoulders with so many of our colleagues who we would have not otherwise met who are doing amazing things - we feel very proud to work in a college that fosters such an innovative atmosphere.”

“We are thankful to those who nominated us, and those who attend the Mapathon events,” Faith added.

The fortnightly Mapathon events are open to both staff and students who want to socialise and develop their GIS skills in an applied sense. The group is part of a larger global movement of ‘digital humanitarians’ who contribute to Humanitarian Open Street Map and The Missing Maps project. 

Dr James Millington is a Lecturer in Physical & Quantitative Geography and Michele Ferretti is a Research student in the Department of Geography.

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