Current Research Topics

Some highlights

Belfast Mobilities

Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Using GPS and PPGIS technologies to learn about the differing mobilities and interactions between groups in Belfast.


Lah, ladakh, India.

My Paper2GIS PPGIS software uses Computer Vision techniques to create self-digitising paper maps. Here it is applied to mapping landscape values in the Indian Himalaya.

Paths of Desire

Lancaster, England.

Experimenting with Dynamic Visual Hierarchies in order to determine the extent to which map design can influence route decision.

Personal Pollution Exposure

Lancaster, England.

Drawing upon sensors from the Internet of Things and Quantified Self movements to provide low-cost measures of personal pollution exposure via the mobile phone.


Europe, North America, South America, Asia.

My Map-Me PPGIS platform is used around the world for the collection of vague geographical information from the public to aid decision making.

Viewshed Networks

Wales, United Kingdom.

Using Graph Theory in order to examine relationships between sites of archaeological interest based upon intervisibility.

Open Source Software

Jonny maintains several open source software packages on GitHub

About Jonny

A Short Biography

Dr Jonny Huck is a Lecturer in Geographical Information Science at the University of Manchester, specialising in the geospatial software development. He has a BSc with First Class Honours in Geography from the University of Lancaster, a MSc with Distinction in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Geographical Information Science from the University of Lancaster.

Jonny's areas of research interest include the representation of vague geographical entities in GIS, novel approaches to cartography, and the application of new technologies to geographical problems. Amongst other things, he maintains the freely available Map-Me, and Paper2GIS PPGIS platforms.

Prior to moving to academia, Jonny was the Technical Manager of a UK Wind Farm developer. He continues to operate his GIS consultancy Lune Geographic as well as maintaining business interests and partnerships in a variety of environmental companies, notably Roy Ferguson Consulting. Jonny is a fellow of Furness College at Lancaster University.

Jonny is the GIS Lead for the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities group at the University of Manchester, and was the chair of the 25th GIS Research UK Conference, held on 18th-21st April 2017 at The University of Manchester.