Jonny Huck


  • Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science, Geography

Personal profile


Dr Jonny Huck is a Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester. He has a BSc with First Class Honours in Geography from the Lancaster University, a MSc with Distinction in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Geographical Information Science from Lancaster University.

Jonny is a specialist in computational geography. His research focuses upon the application of GIS technologies to a range of applications including global health, the environment and segregation. He also has a long standing interest in the representation of vague geographical entities in GIS, and in understanding behavioural patterns through geographical simulation and modelling. He maintains the freely available Map-Me PGIS platform and the Shed Earth web tool for dating granite exposure.

Prior to moving to academia, Jonny was the Technical Manager of a UK Wind Farm developer. He continues to operate his GIS consultancy Lune Geographic. Jonny was honoured with a fellowship of Furness College at Lancaster University in 2016 and an honorary Chair in Geographical Information Science at Gulu University, Uganda in 2019.

Jonny is Chair of the Mapping, Computing and GIScience Research Group, Chair of the Mapping and GIS Innovation Group, and GIS Lead for the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities group at the University of Manchester. He is the Chair of the GIS Research UK (GISRUK) National Steering Committee, having previously chaired the 25th GISRUK Conference, held in 2017 at The University of Manchester. He has been awarded three prestigeous Making a Difference Awards from the University of Manchester, including for his his Community Mapping Uganda project.

Research interests

Jonny's research includes applications of computational geography in both Human and Physical Geography, with current projects including the study of segregation in urban areas, global health challenges and environmental restoration. He is especially interested in the creation of new and improved methods, and has made significant contributions to the advancement of methods in such as Participatory GIS, Volunteered Geographical Information, Geographical Modelling and Geographical Simulation.

He is a specialist in working in remote and un-mapped parts of the world, and amongst other things, he maintains the freely available Map-Me platform for participatory mapping, which have been used by a variety of research, commercial and governmental institutions globally.

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
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Hon. Professor of Geographical Information Science, Gulu University

25 Mar 2019 → …

Areas of expertise

  • GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
  • G Geography (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Healthier Futures


  • GIS
  • Geographical Information Science
  • Participatory Mapping
  • Vilunteered Geographical Information


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