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Educational background

BSc (University of Victoria), AdvTech (College of New Caledonia), MA (Carleton), PhD (McGill)

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Eades, G. (in progress). Spatialities of Speculative Fiction

Eades, G. 2017. The Geography of Names: Indigenous to Post-foundational. Routledge.

Eades, G. 2015. Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place and Identity in Indigenous Communities. McGill-Queen's University Press.


Ongoing and developing research interests:

-Spatialities of speculative fiction

-Self-tracking and mapping

-Counter-mapping in northern and developing areas


Research overview:

My work is currently focused on spatialities of speculative fiction. The results of this work are being published and presented to the London Science Fiction Research Community and the British Science Fiction association conferences, newsletters, and associated outlets.  It is also being channelled into an (in progress) monograph on speculative fiction that covers a range of authors spatial sensibilities as evidenced in novels by Le Guin (Always Coming Home), Delany (Dhalgren), Aldiss (Helliconia), Gibson (Neuromancer), and many others.  I am developing a counter-mapping theoretical framework that encompasses these formative works of speculative fiction, as well as works in the fantasy genre including works by Clarke (Jonathan Strange) and Mieville (Perdido Street Station), both of which have strong mapping components. I seek to push beyond conservative cognitive estrangements and novums into more spectacular and radical beauties associated with the speculative genre more broadly (and spatially) conceived.

I also have ongoing research interesting in mapping and counter-mapping in areas of historic and ongoing cultural conflict in tourist and non-tourist areas of Scotland and Canada. The historical aspect of this research links to indigenous knowledge systems and traditional, performed, means of mapping for the transmission of intergenerational knowledge.  The methods for exploring counter-mapping in northern areas (Scottish and Canadian) include the ethnographic and participatory mapping.  Newer research is exploring post-colonial theory as applied to northern area counter-mapping and cultural conflict, including musical metaphors for exploring interplays between subaltern and elite representations of space. This includes a significant cartographic component that takes a visual approach to mapping traditional and collective interests in the land, from Cree and Inuit sensibilities in a Canadian context to crofting and cottar senses of ownership and belonging in the Scottish.


Research (funded):

The NorthCoast500 as counter-map: Scottish trans-national identities post-Brexit



GG5--- Master's teaching

GG3090 Critical GIS and the Geoweb

GG2001 GIS analysis

GG1015 Digital Geographies


Publication highlights: 

Conference papers:

Eades, G. 2022. Weird Geographies: Miéville, Harrision, VanderMeer. Presentation to RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2022, Newcastle, UK.

Eades, G. 2021. Dhalgren as Handbook for Mapping an Activist Hyperobject. Presentation to "Activism and SF" (London Science Fiction Research Community, London)

Eades, G. 2020. Representation without Reproduction. Presentation to "Beyond Borders" (London Science Fiction Research Community, London)

Eades, G. 2018. Cyberpunctum. Presentation to "Sublime Cognition" (London Science Fiction Research Community, London)




Eades, G. (in progress). Counter-mapping the North Coast 500.

Eades, G., Sieber, R. and Wellen, C. (forthcoming). Geospatial Technologies and the Representation of Cree Knowledge. in Scott, C. et al. Dialoguing Knowledges. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Thorndycraft, V.; Cripps, J.; and Eades, G.  2016.  Digital landscapes of deglaciation: Identifying Late Quaternary outburst floods using LIDAR.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Eades, G. and Zheng, Yingqin.  2014.  Counter-mapping as assemblage: reconfiguring Indigeneity.  IFIP Working Group 8.2 Information Systems and Organisation

Eades, G.  2013.  Toponymic Constraints in WemindjiThe Canadian Geographer, 58(2)

Eades, G.  2012.  Cree EthnogeographyHuman Geography, 5(3)

Eades, G.  2012.  Determining Environmental DeterminismProgress in Human Geography, 36(3)

Eades, G.  2010.  An Apollonian Appreciation of Google EarthGeoforum, 41


Administrative roles:

-Director, Geospatial and Visual Methods Lab (GVML)

-Lab and Field Committee (LFCM)

-Deputy exams officer


Learned Societies

-Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

-Fellow, Higher Education Academy

-Member, Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland

-Member, British Science Fiction Association

Research interests

(see above)

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • critical GIS
  • geoweb
  • qualitative GIS
  • ethnography
  • indigenous toponymy
  • counter-mapping