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…


This story originally appeared in our internal family newspaper.

As a Doggett (my Mom’s side of the family), we enjoy desserts. When I think of my upbringing, most dinners concluded with a homemade delicious dessert. Pies with fruit fillings (cherries and strawberries or whatever other wonderful fruit were in season) and fruit crisps (primarily in the fall or winter months). We all love Christmas cookies and chocolate anything throughout the year. For the most special of occasions there might be a coconut cake (Granddad’s birthday!) and other special occasions one may order rainbow sherbet from the Dan Dee (is it…


Academic writing is not obvious or natural. It is a practiced and learned skill, a craft that most do not learn outside of university (and sometimes not even in university). Here I will share what has been d̶r̶i̶l̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶o̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶d̶ passed on to me from my academic advisers and some peer reviewers over many, many years. Everything here is in textbooks about the research process, but hopefully, this is more fun to read. I typically dictate these suggestions to students in the classroom and thought I should document them here so that students may revisit them throughout the writing…

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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