When you first read this question, you might think that the responsibility of making a map fair rests entirely on the map maker, the cartographer. Admittedly the map maker does have a lot of responsibility, but it is also the responsibility of the map reader — how they choose to interpret the map and make decisions based on the information offered to them through the map. Maps have been critiqued for their hegemonic views of the world. God’s eye view — view from nowhere — disembodied — where are the people being represented with the color red?

I attempt to…

Britta Ricker, PhD

Assistant Professor in GeoSciences at Utrecht University. Researcher of maps online, UAS (drones!) and maps Sustainable Development Goals.

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