Masterclass: Mapping Transdisciplinary Data for Spatial Justice

Hosted by the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

Online Event


Dr Annette Kim

Dr Annette Kim

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California


Prof Hyun Bang Shin

Prof Hyun Bang Shin

Professor of Geography and Urban Studies and Director of Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, LSE


On 16th October 2020, Dr Annette M. Kim (Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California) will follow up her talk on 7th October by undertaking a research masterclass for PhD students and early career researchers. Dr Kim will be sharing her expertise on transdisciplinary spatial ethnography and critical cartography.


In this contemporary period, urbanization is being profoundly shaped by digital technologies and platforms that are supposed to be “big” and “smart” but are also exacerbating marginalization. Making new data possibilities more emancipatory will require deep translational work across more disciplines:  computer sciences, humanities, social sciences, etc. Furthermore, this translational work needs to be contextualized for local political economies, institutions, and cultures that require groundtruthing, further critical thinking, and ethical choices.  I will share examples from my own research projects of how I have grappled with these issues and the strategies I have developed along the way (check SLAB's website ( for more information).


Learning Outcomes:
Through this masterclass, participants will be able to:

  • Employ a framework of ethical considerations when conducting fieldwork in Southeast Asia:  public and private affiliations, tacit and explicit consent, socially appropriate technology, legibility and privacy.
  • Groundtruth and translate social phenomenon into spatial units of data.
  • Imagine new cartographic possibilities


  • Spatial ethnography
  • Introduction to critical cartography primer
  • Critical cartography’s relationships to feminist geography 

Pre-class preparation:
Share a mapping project you are developing or make a 5-minute presentation on a research project you are developing for discussion and feedback.

* If you want to share your work with Dr Annette Kim, please contact SEAC ( in advance.


Related Readings:
Kim, Annette M. Sidewalk City: Re-mapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Harten, Julia, A. Kim, and C. Brazier. "Real and fake data in Shanghai’s informal rental housing market: Groundtruthing data scraped from the internet," Urban Studies, (online first). 

Kim, Annette M. “The Extreme Primacy of Location: Beijing’s Underground Rental Housing Market,” Cities, 52(2016): 148-158.

Kim, Annette M (with Katherine Foo, Emily Gallagher, and Ian Bishop), “Introduction: Critical Approaches to Landscape Visualization,” Landscape and Urban Planning, 142(2015): 80-84.


  • Annette M. Kim is Associate Professor at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She also directs SLAB, the Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Her books include Sidewalk City: Re-Mapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Learning to be Capitalists: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her current research project, ethniCITY, remaps how race and ethnicity shapes spatial patterns in Los Angeles. She received a Ph.D. in city and regional planning and M.A. in visual studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her M.P.P.U.P. from Harvard University and her B.A. in architecture and studio art from Wellesley College.

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