International Meeting: Mapping Techniques and Citizenship

The conference “Mapping Techniques and Citizenship” brought this topic to the context of emerging countries’ metropolises, marked by socio-spatial segregation and by divergent political agendas regarding urban development. What is the potential of new technologies to generate, in a decentralized and participative way, relevant spatial information to support the expansion of precarious settlements arising from «informal» urbanization? At the same time, what are the risks associated with the non-professional production of geographic information – in the end, is it not also a partial view of the territory, just like that of the technician? Finally, what is the potential of these new technologies to enhance citizen participation in decision-making processes regarding the development of their respective living spaces – that is, to promote de facto «empowerment» of citizens?

This International meeting placed participatory mapping and the application of new geospatial technologies for decentralized survey processes under technical and academic scrutiny, bringing to discussion the potentials and limitations of such processes based on concrete experiences. The result was the formation of a multidisciplinary team that will work together to determine a line of research aiming to explore the potentials of citizen mapping for urban governance, including areas such as public health and education, as well as slum upgrading.

The event took place at Uninove Campus, São Paulo. Refer to the full Programme (PDF).


Prof. Dr. Gian Paolo Torricelli (USI, Switzerland)
Eléonore Labattut (EPFL, Switzerland)
Everton Bortolini (UFPR, Switzerland)
Vitor P. Colombo (USI | Teto-SP, Switzerland)
Remi Jaligot (EPFL, Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Sidnei A. Araújo (UNINOVE, Brazil)
Prof. Dr. Flávia F. Feitosa (UFABC, Brazil)
Prof. Dr Fernanda P. Fonseca (USP, Brazil)
Prof. Dr. Jorge Bassani (USP, Brazil)
Prof. Dr. Karina Leitão (USP, Brazil)
Lara Ferreira (USP, Brazil) & Talita Gonsales (USP, Brazil)
Pedro M. R. de Sales (Prefeitura de São Paulo, Brazil)
Roberto Fontes (Ligue os Pontos Group, Brazil)
Cícero Petrica (Urban planner, Brazil)
Prof. María E. Alonso (UNLa, Argentina) & Belén Mora (UBA, Argentina)