Dr Jonny Huck

Geographical Information Science


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About Jonny

Dr Jonny Huck is a Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester, and an honorary Professor of Geographical Information Science at Gulu University, Uganda. He has a BSc with First Class Honours in Geography from the Lancaster University, a MSc with Distinction in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Geographical Information Science from Lancaster University.

Jonny is a specialist in geospatial software development. His research focuses upon the application of GIS technologies to humanitarian applications in the Global South, with a particular focus upon healthcare and resource allocation. He also has a long standing interest in the representation of vague geographical entities in Participatory GIS, and in understanding behavioural patterns through geospatial modelling, usually in the Global South and in post-conflict societies. He maintains the freely available Map-Me PGIS platform and the Shed Earth web tool for dating granite exposure.

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 and software development company Flying Turtle Ltd. Jonny was honoured with a fellowship of Furness College at Lancaster University in 2016 and an honorary Chair in Geographical Information Science at Gulu University, Uganda in 2019.

Jonny is the Director of Social Responsibility at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, as well as Chair of the Mapping: Culture and GIScience Research Group and GIS Lead for the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities group at the University of Manchester. He is the Chair of the GIS Research UK (GISRUK) National Steering Committee, having previously chaired the 25th GISRUK Conference, held in 2017 at The University of Manchester. In 2018 he was awarded the University of Manchester Social Responsibility Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Innovation for his Community Mapping Uganda project (formerly #Huckathon).

Featured Current Research

Eradicating Cerebral Malaria in India

This project seeks to facilitate the eradication of cerebral malaria in India, focussing upon two field sites: Meghalaya and Odisha.

Major Limb Loss in Northern Uganda

Understanding and mitigating post-conflict Major Limb Loss (MLL) in the Acholi Sub-Region of Northern Uganda.

The Belfast Mobility Project

The Belfast Mobility Project is a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to understanding the nuanced spatio-temporal patterns of segregation and sharing in North Belfast. Learn more at the BMP website.


This initiative aims to both further develop existing research and initiate new research opportunities through the installation of a ‘smart city’ network in Kampala, Uganda, in order to produce data to help examine green infrastructure benefits within the Kampala metropolitan area.

Schmidt Hammer Exposure Dating

SHED refers to Schmidt Hammer Exposure Dating: a technique that provides a cost-effective solution for dating the exposure of granite surfaces. This can be used to constrain the timing of past events, which permits a better understanding of the links between climate and landscape evolution.


Paper2GIS is a PPGIS system that allows participants to draw data onto paper maps. Based upon a photograph, the software can automatically extract the markup from the map and turn it into a georeferenced shaoefile for analysis.

Map-Me - Embracing Vagueness in PPGIS

Map-Me (“Mapping Meanings”) is an online Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) for the creation of online surveys for the collection of ‘vague’ spatial data. Based upon a “spray and say” approach, Map-Me uses an ‘airbrush’ interface (the “Spraycan”) to allow participant’s to “spray-paint” on to a Google Map, in order to answer vague spatial questions (e.g. “Where you think…?”) without being required to artificially enforce precise boundaries onto their data.

Selected Publicatons

A more comprehensive list of publications is available here.

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