In 2016 Greg Brown joined California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) as Department Head of Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences after serving in multiple academic leadership positions at the University of Queensland, Central Washington University, University of South Australia, Alaska Pacific University, and Green Mountain College. Greg is a leading international researcher in participatory mapping research methods (PPGIS/PGIS/VGI). His participatory mapping applications include forest planning, national park planning, assessment of ecosystem services, coastal and marine areas planning, and urban parks and open space planning. He founded the Landscape Values and PPGIS Institute to facilitate global research and communication about participatory spatial planning methods.
In 2017 is is organising world first conference/colloquium about Participatory mapping/GIS for academics, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), students, information technology professionals, and anyone interested in advancing knowledge about participatory mapping methods.
The goal of Participatory Mapping/GIS 2017 is to bring together an international community of academics, planners/managers, and practitioners to (1) identify state of knowledge in participatory mapping methods, (2) to learn new mapping applications and technology, and to (3) identify best practices, standards, and future research needs.
If you are interested in Participatory Mapping or Participatory GIS you should not miss this event.