Mapping and territorial analysis

Abstract : Mapping and Territorial analysis Part 1: Professional experience. The Geographer's journey: Maps as research and teaching object The first part of this Habilitation to conduct researches aims at presenting the academic background as Lecturer and researcher since 1990. The author explains her epistemological and pedagogical choices using the different step of designing a map as metaphor. The narrative is structured around 4 steps of the author's professional life: - Studying geography: crave for arts and geographical pathway, base maps, data - Teaching: modes of representations - Managing and collaborating: cartographic layout - Seeking out intellectual and scientific path: synthesis map or multi-scalar cartography? Part 2: Publications. Territory representations The second part of the work ambitions to render the structuring steps of the author's scientific path both the content and the working methods. Part 3: Scientific syntheses. Supporting political agendas and territorial planning The last part of the work aims at exploring from a cartographic point of view the European territorial planning management and organisation. The author outlines also some reflections to feed into the debate and the next programs. First the author explains the fact that at institutional level, maps are strongly subordinated to political purposes. 3 guidance principal are to be used in analysing institutional maps: what is in it and maybe what is not in it? And how the information is layered? Thus, technical considerations tell a lot on both the political context of the production of the map and apparent neutrality of images. The European Union and the ESPON program set a rigid institutional system imposing a strong control of maps and representations. The author argues, in a second part, for more innovation in the cartographic field. Maps are a strong means to present complex political realities. On the basis of efficiency, aesthetics, practical and conceptual innovations considerations, the author presents a new link between policy-makers and cartographers to improve the production and design of operational maps.
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Christine Tobelem Zanin. Mapping and territorial analysis. Géographie. Université Paris-Diderot - Paris VII, 2013. ⟨tel-00965239⟩

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