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The Mapping Inequities Fellowship


The Humanity in Action journey begins with a Fellowship

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Visualizing Rights and Rites in the Post-Industrial World: An International Inquiry


The 2022 US Fellowship program consisted of a two and half week virtual workshop. A group of 20 American and European Fellows and Senior Fellows embarked on a collaborative investigation and interpretation of spatial data within their respective geographies to illuminate pressing social inequities. These investigations resulted in projects that will form an accessible digital exhibition for the public.

Each day, Fellows spent three hours in virtual sessions and two hours engaged in on-the-ground inquiries and practice. The virtual sessions consisted of lectures from international mapping/data practitioners and academics leading this innovative field. The virtual workshops included sessions to learn and critique each other’s projects. The on-the-ground inquiries involved working in the field, moving away from the computer to explore and generate knowledge and design a project. Fellows chose the community or space that they mapped, as long as they had access to it geographically or digitally. The purpose of the fieldwork was to produce new data or layer existing data to create a new map. 

After the conclusion of the 2.5 week Fellowship, participants were expected to expand upon their maps and/or share and use their maps in social justice contexts over the next year. Fellows also joined the Action Lab Series, which convened monthly from September 2022-February 2023. For more information on the Fellowship Path, please follow this link.

  1. Explored theories and histories of public and private property rights as well as cultural rights (rites) in the United States and European countries. The focus was on post-industrial cities and particularly Detroit;
  2. Understood how individuals and groups employ maps and data to oppress as well as to resist and protest inequities;
  3. Learned the basics and various of techniques of mapping, data visualization, and multimedia storytelling;
  4. Created their own maps and data visualizations to reveal hidden stories, overturned harmful dominant narratives, and provoked change at a neighborhood, city, state, or country level.
Examples of fieldwork included: 
  • Walking through your neighborhood and accounting for different characteristics; collecting photos and data
  • Scouring the internet for data, local sites and their significance, etc.;
  • Using Google Maps;
  • Layering and integrating different maps or sets of data to draw new conclusions;
  • Finding an under-mapped community or space and trying to fill in the gaps;
  • Creating a spatial audit – is a certain place or community accessible, or are there barriers for certain groups?

Given the trans-Atlantic and US time differences, the lectures and workshops for all Fellows took place in the morning US time and afternoon European time. The field work took place in the morning European time and in the afternoon US time.


Applications are now closed. In 2023, the Mapping Inequities Fellowship will be titled the Mapping Democracy Fellowship. To be notified when the application for the Humanity in Action 2023 Fellowship programs is available, sign up here. With any questions, do not hesitate to email

The Fellowship is inspired by a multitude of mapping projects from both the US and Europe, including:

Become a Fellow

Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in five cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.

01 Year duration

05 Locations

93 Fellows per year