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Mapping for Change

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Mapping for Change

Professor Muki Haklay, UCL department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering


Mapping for Change (MfC) provides participatory mapping services to communities, local authorities and developers. Professor Muki Haklay and his business partners have developed technology, expertise and innovative tools which empower communities to take ownership of the changes they want to make in their localities.

Communities are invited to take an active role to improve their area by collecting data, for instance for the benefit of town planning or reduction of pollution, and mapping this information to show key areas where change is needed.

Muki Haklay and Louise Francis received a Higher Education Social Entrepreneurship Award from UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and HEFCE in 2011. Mapping for Change connects research with impact.

Since its creation, MfC has benefited more that 1,100 beneficiaries through projects, employed a full-time person to work on the venture and created 10 volunteering and intern opportunities for students. In addition,

MfC turnover from provision of consultancy services to community organisations continues to grow in its third year of operation.

UCLB is currently providing MfC contractual and Intellectual Property advice to set up a Community Interest Company (CIC).


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