Creative mapping

-Collecting data
-Global sustainability issues
-(P)Geographical Information systems

Ecogeographer maps, elicits data and deals with community issues through participatory methods.

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Creative and participatory methods, while without their justified criticism of occasionally being blind to power dynamics, can play a powerful role in creating a scenario where the most marginalised voices in a community can be heard. Compared with more “traditional” research settings like workshops or focus group discussions, creative methods can foster a neutral space where the barriers of existing social structures are softened. In the case of the Coral Communities work, a number of women played a dominant role in the creation of the representation of their physical geography on the beach, in one instance overruling a decision made by men. As a conservative, patriarchal society, women’s roles in mixed-gender workshops and focus groups on Zanzibar are often more restricted due to the leading role of men in public life. As the creative methods used were “outside-of-the-box” – both in terms of the scenario (compared with a focus group discussion) and the physical space (as opposed to sitting in a village committee site), we argue that they played a subtle role in disrupting gender cultural norms by increasing women’s engagement in the activity, and by extension their agency in the research process. Timur Jack-Kadioglu, Mwambao Coastal Community Network when talking about Ecogeographer’s role in a 2 day resource mapping workshop in Zanzibar.

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Top image photograph Timur Jack-Kadıoğlu. Middle photographs Andy Hughes. Bottom photograph Oliver Raymond-Barker.