Keynote Speakers

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Sarah Elwood

(University of Washington)

Sarah Elwood is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, and a faculty affiliate of the UW’s West Coast Poverty Center, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, and Certificate in Public Scholarship. With Vicky Lawson, she co-directs the Relational Poverty Network (RPN), a transnational interdisciplinary community of scholars collaborating to develop conceptual frameworks, research methodologies, and pedagogies for the study of relational poverty.

Elwood received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota and previously held faculty positions at DePaul University and the University of Arizona. Her research contributes to relational poverty studies, critical GIScience and digital geographies, visual politics and mixed methods, and urban geography. Current activities include research on poverty politics of creative activisms around homelessness, feminist and critical race theorizations of digital geographies, and a collaborative public scholarly project on horizons of critical poverty studies under emerging nationalist populisms. Her work has appeared in Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, among others. She is co-editor of 3 books, Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, Possibilities (with Victoria Lawson), Crowdsourcing Geographic Knowledge: Volunteered Geographic Information in Theory and Practice (with Daniel Sui & Michael Goodchild), and Qualitative GIS: A Mixed Methods Approach (with Meghan Cope).

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Rob Kitchin

(Maynooth University)

Rob Kitchin is a professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University, for which he was director between 2002 and 2013. After studying at Lancaster University (BSc Geography), Leicester University (MSc GIS), and the University of Wales Swansea (PhD Geography), he took up a post in Queen's University Belfast in 1996, moving to Maynooth University in 1998. He is currently a principal investigator on the Programmable City project (funded by the European Research Council) and the Building City Dashboards project (funded by Science Foundation Ireland; also see Dublin Dashboard). He was formerly a PI for the Digital Repository of Ireland (2009-2017) and the All-Island Research Observatory (2005-2017).

He has published widely across the social sciences, including 28 authored/edited books and over 180 articles and book chapters, and has delivered over 230 invited talks at conferences and universities. He is managing editor of the international journal, Dialogues in Human Geography, and has been an editor of Progress in Human Geography and Social and Cultural Geography, and was the editor-in-chief of the 12 volume, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.  He has successfully written or been a principal investigator on forty grants, totalling c.€36m, including funding from PRTLI 2, 4, 5, IRC, ERC, SFI, ESRC, NSF, Interreg and RIA.

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