Counter-Mapping Covid: grassroots visualizations of data on the margins
This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant file #430-2021-00835.
Grassroots activists have tapped into the benefits of digitally facilitated mapping, attempting to mitigate biases and data gaps reproduced in official COVID-19 maps. Data maps by grassroots activists can reframe narratives of pandemic impacts on specific overlooked groups (Kent, 2020).
The key objectives of this project are to trace data imaginaries of COVID-19 counter-data mapping projects from conception by communities, through production, to reception in communities of social media users.
We are partnering with community groups in participatory research to understand their websites, mapping practices and processes, and social media engagements with respect to data map imaginaries. How do they imagine the power the map has to unveil and empower their communities?
We hope this project will positively impact the lives of marginalized communities through research participation and the development of participatory interactive counter-data mapping practices, improving community data discourses, imaginaries and futures.
Sandra JeppesenPrincipal investigator
Professor in Media, Film, and Communications (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada)
Senior Lecturer in Media Ecologies and Social Transformation, School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC – Cardiff University, UK)
Associate Professor, Education Programs (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada)
Miranda McKeeResearch Assistant
MA student, Social Justice Education (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada)
Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication (Jönköping University, Sweden)
Meghan MurrayResearch Assistant
HBASc student, Media, Film, and Communications (Lakehead University Orillia, Canada)