Dr Wen Lin
Lecturer in Human Geography
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6432
- Address: Room 3.73a
Level 5 Daysh Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
1998-2002: B.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Ecology, Peking University
2002-2009: Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2015: Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
2009-2012: Assistant Professor, Geography and Earth Science Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Roles and Responsibilities
2016- Geography Exams Officer (L701, F800, FH82)
2016 ESRC DTC AQM Assessor Panel Member
2012-16 Library liaison for Geography in GPS
2015- Editorial Board Member for Urban Planning
2012-15 Member of Program Committee (Research Track) for WikiSym 2013; Member of Program Committee (Wikis and Open Collaboration Research Track) for OpenSym 2014, 2015
2012-17 Reviewer for ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2), Antipode, Applied Geography, Big Data & Society, Cartographic Perspectives, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (2), Cultural Geographies, Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning D, GeoJournal (2), International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, Journal of Transport & Health, Landscape and Urban Planning (2), Oxford Bibliographies, Progress in Human Geography, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, The Canadian Geographer (2), Transactions in GIS (2), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
2011-13 Board member of AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group
2011-12 Member of Program Committee for AutoCarto 2012
2011-12 Reviewer for Sage book proposals
2011 Reviewer for Environment and Behavior, GeoJournal, Urban Affairs Review
2010 Reviewer for Applied Geography, GeoJournal, Landscape and Urban Planning
2008 Reviewer for Built Environment, Eurasian Geography and Economics
Investigating social constructions of geospatial technologies: The case of volunteered geographic information. Durham University. 4 December 2015
Making sense of citizen mapping: Opportunities and challenges. University of Dundee. 5 March 2014
Politics of everyday mapping and spatial narratives in China. Portland State University. 4 April 2013
Introduction to Volunteered Geographic Information. Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping. 8 August 2012
'Straddling the fence': Exploring urban GIS constructions and exploratory spatial data analysis of urban environments. U.S. Geological Survey: Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, 6 April 2010
American Association of Geographers
Cartography and Geographic Information Society
Fellow of Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
My research and teaching interests include geographic information science (GIS) and urban geography. My research agenda centres on the intersection between the development and usage of geospatial technologies and the social and political conditions in which these practices are situated. I utilize combined frameworks from critical GIS research and urban/political geography to investigate processes of geospatial technology constructions within a variety of urban contexts, and theorize their socio-political implications for citizen participation and urban governance. Meanwhile, I am interested in employing quantitative methods including GIS technologies to examine a wide range of social and environmental issues. I am also committed to facilitating strong relationships among community groups, local government agencies, and universities in my work, to foster community participation and development.
My current research activities revolve around three related themes: 1) investigating the social and political implications of recent mapping practices combined with Web 2.0 technologies; 2) examining GIS-related practices in China’s urban planning agencies within the urbanization and globalization contexts; and 3) examining Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) practices in urban governance.
My most current research activities
examine the implications of the emergence of volunteered geographic information
(VGI) production, referring to the increasing engagement from amateurs in producing
spatial knowledge facilitated by Web 2.0 technologies and mobile devices. I
have examined how VGI practices in China might open new room for civic
engagement. I have also started to investigate VGI practices situated in the UK
context. My VGI research builds on my prior work in investigating GIS usage in
China’s urban planning agencies and PPGIS in US inner city neighbourhood
planning. Working with Andrew Hudson-Smith (University College London), Choon-Piew Pow (National University of Singapore), and Jin-Kyu Jung (University of Washington), we have edited a special issue entitled "Volunteered Geographic Information and the City", published in the Urban Planning journal (http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/urbanplanning/issue/view/42).
Building upon these above activities, I am interested in investigating geospatial technology usage and developments by various actors and social groups situated in various social contexts and working with local community groups through participatory mapping.
2015-2016: Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and Santander Mobility Award, Newcastle University, £1390, "Participatory mapping for disaster management in the Caribbean" (co-I with Jonathan Pugh (PI))
2013: EPSRC (as part of Sustainable Society Network+), £49,999, "Online Social Networks (OSNs) Based System for Flood Prediction and Management" (co-I with Qiuhua Liang (PI), Philip James (co-I) and Luke Smith (Research Assistant))
2012-2013: Faculty Research Fund, Newcastle University, £3,730, "Investigating Volunteered Geographic Information Production: A Comparative Study of the UK and China"
2010: Faculty/Staff Grant
Development and Mentoring Program Fund (with Cynthia Berlin (Co-PI)),
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, $5,000, "Investigating Children’s Trips to
School through Participatory Children’s GIS and Web-based Mapping"
Isabel Williams (ESRC NEDTC) (Co-supervised with Prof Rachel Woodward and Prof Alastair Bonnett)
Anthonia Ijeoma Onyeahialam (completed, interim advisor)
Undergraduate Teaching (2017-18)
GEO2043 Key Methods for Human Geographers (module leader)
GEO2110 Social Geographies (contributor)
GEO3099 Dissertation (contributor)
GEO3130 Mapping the City (module leader)
Past Courses (taught at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
GEO/ESC 385: Introduction to GIS
GEO 485/585: Advanced GIS
GEO 309: Urban Geography
GEO 200: Conservation of Global Environments
GEO 125: Introduction to Environmental Geography (online section)
GEO 230: Geography of Asia
GEO 215: Introduction to GIS
GEO 110: The World: Peoples and Regions
Postgraduate Teaching (2017-18)GEO8017 Human Geography: Concepts in Action (contributor)
- Lin W. Situating performative neogeography: tracing, mapping, and performing “Everyone’s East Lake”. Environment and Planning A 2013, 45(1), 37-54.
- Lin W. When Web 2.0 Meets Public Participation GIS (PPGIS): VGI and Spaces of Participatory Mapping in China. In: Sui, D., Elwood, S., Goodchild, M, ed. Crowdsourcing Geographic Knowledge: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in Theory and Practice. London: Springer, 2012, pp.83-103.
- Lin W. Counter-cartographies. In: Cloke, P., Crang, P., Goodwin, M, ed. Introducing Human Geographies (Third Edition). London: Taylor and Francis, 2013, pp.215-226.
- Lin W. Digitizing the Dragon Head, Geo-coding the Urban Landscape: GIS and the Transformation of China's Urban Governance. Urban Geography 2013, 34(7), 901-922.
- Lin W. Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In: Stoltman , J, ed. 21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2011, pp.677-686.
- Lin W, Ghose R. Social Constructions of GIS in China’s Changing Urban Governance: The Case of Shenzhen. Cartographica 2010, 45(2), 89-102.
- Lin W. Lu, D., 'Remaking Chinese Urban Form: Modernity, Scarcity and Space, 1949-2005', London: Routledge, 2006 [Book review]. Urban Geography 2008, 29(2), 187-188.
- Lin W, Ghose R. Complexities in Sustainable Provision of GIS for Urban Grassroots Organizations. Cartographica 2008, 43(1), 31-44.
- Lin W. GIS Development in China’s Urban Governance: A Case Study of Shenzhen. Transactions in GIS 2008, 12(4), 493-514.
- Lin W. Investigating GIS Constructions in Chinese Urban Government: A Case Study of Shenzhen. In: Geographic Information Science: 5th International Conference. 2008, Park City, Utah, USA.
- Huynh N, Lin W, Ness LR, Occeña-Gutierrez D, Trần XD. Climate Change and Its Impact on Cultural Shifts in East and Southeast Asia . In: James Norwine, ed. A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2014, pp.245-302.
- Lin W. Citizen Mapping. In: James D Wright, ed. International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences Volume 3. Oxford: Elsevier Limited, 2015, pp.619-624.
- Lin W. The hearing, the mapping, and the Web: Investigating emerging online sound mapping practices. Landscape and Urban Planning 2015, 142, 187-197.
- Lin W. Volunteered geographic information and networked publics? Politics of everyday mapping and spatial narratives. GeoJournal 2013, 78(6), 949-965.
- Lin W. Geography Speaks: Performative Aspects of Geography [book review]. Journal of Regional Science 2012, 52(5), 879-882.
- Lin W. Revealing the making of OpenStreetMap: A limited account. The Canadian Geographer 2015, 59(1), 69-81.
- Lin W. Tracing the map in the age of Web 2.0. Cartographica 2015, 50(1), 41-44.
- Smith L, Liang Q, James P, Lin W. Assessing the utility of social media as a data source for flood risk management using a real-time modelling framework. Journal of Flood Risk Management 2017, 10(3), 370-380.
- Thatcher J, Bergmann L, Ricker B, Rose-Redwood R, O’Sullivan D, Barnes TJ, Barnesmoore LR, Imaoka LB, Burns R, Cinnamon J, Dalton CM, Davis C, Dunn S, Harvey F, Jung J, Kersten E, Knigge L, Lally N, Lin W, Mahmoudi D, Martin M, Payne W, Sheikh A, Shelton T, Sheppard E, Strother CW, Tarr A, Wilson MW, Young JC. Revisiting Critical GIS. Environment and Planning A 2016, 48(5), 815-824.
- Lin W. OpenStreetMap in GIScience: experiences, research and applications. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 2016, 30(4), 823-824.
- Lin W. Volunteered Geographic Information constructions in a contested terrain: A case of OpenStreetMap in China. Geoforum 2016. Submitted.
- Lin W. Digging into (Google) Maps Mania: A tale of VGI mappings in the UK and China. The Geographical Journal 2016. In Preparation.
- Lin W. Neogeography. In: Barney Warf, ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. SAGE Publications Inc, 2017. In Press.
- Lin W. Participatory GIS in visual research. In: Luc Pauwels & Dawn Mannay, ed. SAGE HANDBOOK OF VISUAL RESEARCH METHODS, 2nd revised and expanded edition. 2017. In Preparation.