Mapping disadvantaged populations: ethical considerations and human rights

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School of Civil and Environmental Building (H20)

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Sydney, NSW 2052

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Mapping poor and disadvantaged populations: ethical considerations and human rights for vulnerable groups in low and middle income countries

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The spatial mapping of vulnerable groups and human rights indicators poses benefits and risks to the rights and wellbeing of disadvantaged individuals and groups.

Recent developments in geographic information systems (GIS), as well as improvements in the quality and availability of satellite imagery, have led to the mapping of physical, environmental and human characteristics at a much higher spatial resolution than previously possible.

By combining datasets derived from satellite imagery, e.g. building locations and vegetation indices, and applying advanced statistical methodologies we are able to infer population characteristics, such as poverty metrics, at sub-national levels.

The potential impact of these mapping methodologies has been recognised by the United Nations, which strongly advocates for the capture of GPS locations when undertaking pre-census counts in the field, and provides financial and technical support for low- and middle- income countries to meet this goal.

In this presentation, Dr Claire Dooley will provide an overview of the methods used at the University of Southampton to map characteristics such as population counts, poverty and health indicators, and discuss the ethical considerations of geo-locating potentially vulnerable groups using current work in South Sudan as an example.

Dr Dooley's talk will also look at the current research in mapping human rights indicators and the potential for future work to map such indicators at the sub-national levels.

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Dr Claire Dooley is a research fellow in spatial demography at the University of Southampton, UK. Dr Dooley's work focuses on developing statistical and mathematical methods for mapping demographic characteristics, and generating baseline data-sets that improve the collection and analyses of household survey data. Dr Dooley has led international workshops on spatial statistics in Senegal and Zambia, and is currently working on population mapping projects in a number of low- and middle-income countries.

This seminar will be followed by drinks and refreshments.

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For inquiries about accessibility at this event, please email humanrights@unsw.edu.au or call (02) 9385 5464.

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School of Civil and Environmental Building (H20)

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