Dr Gwilym Eades

Educational background

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

Personal profile

I am currently Associate Editor at The Cartographic Journal a leader in the field of mapping, cartography and geovisualization research



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

Eades, Gwilym. 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 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 mapping 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



GG5401 Master's teaching

GG3090 Critical GIS and the Geoweb

GG2001 GIS analysis

GG1015 Digital Geographies


Publication highlights: 


Eades, G. (in progress). Contrapuntal Cartographies

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)


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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