Category: Maps

The Experiential Turn – Mapping and research

On Wednesday 12th November I was a “conversationalist” in an event sponsored by the Design Research Institute at RMIT University. A bunch of experienced and early career researchers (ECRs) came together to talk about our research, explore what each of us are doing and to have a larger conversation about the experience of research. My role was to facilitate the discussion and prompt, prod and ask questions and generally kept things moving along in an interesting way.

To help with this task I brought along some artefacts, some maps, from An Atlas of Radical Cartography. Inside are ten maps that serve to challenge our conceptions of what a map is and also force us to ask questions about such things as legitimacy, agency and power.

Our table discussed such issues as:

  • how, as researchers, do we conceive our audiences for our research. Who is our research for?
  • do we make transparent in our research that which is normally hidden? Do we surface our micro-decisions?
  • how do we account for the fact that research design and method selection have an inextricable link with what we eventually ‘show’?
  • If we were to represent our research in map form, would we draw maps of that which already exists, or would we be drawing maps of that which is yet to be?
  • what does it mean when our maps (research) gets published? Is unpublished research somehow illegitimate?

It was a fascinating 90 minutes and it flew by. All too soon it was over.

You can scroll through the photos above to get a sense of what occurred on our table. I would love to have been a ‘roving conversationalist’ – it seemed that there were extremely interesting conversations happening all around the room.

Many thanks to Jeremy Yuille for inviting me along to participate!

The Turn – Exploring with maps

I’m pleased to announce that I’m one of the ‘conversationalists’ at the Design Research Institute seminar @RMIT next Wednesday, 12th November.

My role is to prod, prompt and help the participants to explore their (our!) roles as early career researchers with a focus on cross-disciplinarity.

I’ll be bringing some maps along and I’m really looking forward to seeing what my ‘table’ comes up with. I think this is a great initiative from the uni.

If you want to pop in for a look, or even better, join the conversation, you can see all the details on the invitation which I’ve included below.

I hope to see you there!

The Turn: Experiential Discourse – (invitation)

3 minute research

Next week I’m presenting in the RMIT College of Business 3 minute research showcase. The theme is ‘Research Goes Global’ and I’m pleased to be able to present some of my work to my colleagues (and anyone else interested in coming along). Below is my title and abstract.

Strategic Thinking: How Can Mapping Help?

We (think we) know what strategic thinking is  but how does one *do* it? Often strategy research focuses on the outputs of strategic thinking – the plans,  the documents  the “strategy” but less often we see research that tries to explain how strategic thinking can be undertaken in the first place. Using a strategy as practice lens and drawing on the practice dimensions of mapping of maps. I propose a framework that can help guide practitioners through the process of strategic thinking. The mediating element of ‘scale’ in the middle of the framework helps promote the reflexive practice of managers connecting their micro-activities of strategy making with the meso and macro environments of organisational and institutional strategy no matter what their global context.


If you are not doing anything next Wednesday, why not come along and say hi?