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2016-present Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, University of Calgary
2015-2016 Assistant Professor of Instruction
Department of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University
2015 Ph.D. Geography
University of Washington
Committee: Sarah Elwood, Mark Ellis, Victoria Lawson, Jin-Kyu Jung (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW-Bothell) Dissertation title: Digital Humanitarianism and the Geospatial Web: Emerging Modes of Mapping and the Transformation of Humanitarian Practices
2010-2015 Work toward Graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington
Capstone adviser: Kirsten Foot (Communications); Portfolio adviser: Tad Hirsch (School of Art, Design Division)
2009 M.S. Geographic Information Science
San Diego State University
Committee: André Skupin, Stuart Aitken, Eniko Csomay (Linguistics)
2006 B.A. Geography, Magna Cum Laude
Eastern Kentucky University
Adviser: David Zurick
HASTAC Scholar, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)
Member, International Association of Emergency Managers
Member, Standby Task Force (digital humanitarian organization)
Member, Gamma Theta Upsilon (international geographic honorary society)
Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)
2016-2019 $150,000. University of Calgary, Human Dynamics Research Strategy. “The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities: A Global Comparative Research Agenda”. PI: Byron Miller Co-PIs: Gwendolyn Blue, Ryan Burns, Dean Curran, Victoria Fast, Noel Keough, Jack Lucas, Greg Morrow, Elizabeth Paris, Matt Patterson, Marit Rosol, Alan Smart, Josephine Smart, Eliot Tretter, Kathryn Reese-Taylor, Melanie Rock, Frank Towers, Aaron Williams
2016 $1,500. University of Calgary, Vice President of Research Faculty Conference Travel Grant
2013 $4,000. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: “Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant”
2013 $3,000. UW Graduate School Gerlach Award
2011-2012 $1,000. Simpson Center for the Humanities Graduate Interest Group Funding
2011 $750. Simpson Center for the Humanities Travel Funds
2011 $556. Howard Martin Research Grant
2011 $500. UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation
2011 $250. UW Graduate & Professional Student Senate Travel Fund
2009 $1,800. International Cartographic Association (ICA) Travel Scholarship
2009 $9,000. UW Geography Top Scholar Award (1 year of funding)
2009 $500. Cartography & Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Master’s Award
2007 $6,600. SDSU McFarland Award
2007 $50. SDSU Map Design Competition winner
2006 $150. EKU Milos Sebor Scholarship
2005 $200. EKU Milos Sebor Scholarship
2005 $5,000. School for International Training - “Culture, Language, and Development in Vietnam” research scholarship
2016 (invited) Ethics of Location-Based Technologies in Crisis Workshop. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, DC. Invited as participant.
2016 Participant, Summer Institute in Economic Geography. Lexington, KY, University of Kentucky.
2015 Fellow, Data Science for Social Good Fellowship. eScience Institute, University of Washington.
2014 Participant, “Revisiting Critical GIS”. Friday Harbor Laboratories, Friday Harbor, WA.
2013 Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme. i-School, University of Toronto, Canada
2011 Bergen Summer Research School University of Bergen, Norway
Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
In press Burns, Ryan. “Synergizing Geoweb and Digital Humanitarian Research”. In Thatcher, J., A. Shears, J. Eckert (eds.), Geographic Research in an Age of New (Big) Data. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
2016 Thatcher, Jim, L. Bergmann, B. Ricker, R. Rose-Redwood, D. O’Sullivan, T. Barnes, L. Barnesmoore, L. Beltz Imaoka, R. Burns, J. Cinnamon, C. Dalton, C. Davis, S. Dunn, F. Harvey, J.-K. Jung, E. Kersten, L. Knigge, N. Lally, W. Lin, D. Mahmoudi, M. Martin, W. Payne, A. Sheikh, T. Shelton, E. Sheppard, C. Strother, A. Tarr, M. Wilson, J. Young. “Revisiting Critical GIS: Reflections from Friday Harbor”. Environment & Planning A 48(5): 815-824.
2015 Burns, Ryan, D. Meek. “Introduction: The Politics of Knowledge Production in the Geoweb.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.
2015 Schwartz, B., B. Tellman, R. Burns, C. Andersson. Big Data, Satellites, and Disaster Monitoring. Incorporated into Global Sustainable Development Report
2014 Burns, Ryan, J. Thatcher. “Guest Editorial: What’s So Big about Big Data? Finding the Spaces and Perils of Big Data.” GeoJournal. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10708-014-9600-8 (last accessed 10/21/2014).
2014 Burns, Ryan. “Rethinking Big Data in Digital Humanitarianism: Practices, Epistemologies, and Social Relations.” GeoJournal. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10708-014-9599-x (last accessed 10/15/2014).
2014 Burns, Ryan. “Moments of Closure in the Knowledge Politics of Digital Humanitarianism.” Geoforum 53 (2): 51-62.
2013 Shanley, Lea, R. Burns, Z. Bastian, E. Robson. “Tweeting Up a Storm: The Promise and Perils of Crisis Mapping.” Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 79 (10): 865-879.
2013 Burns, Ryan, A. Skupin. “Towards Qualitative Geovisual Analytics: A Case Study Involving Places, People, and Mediated Experience.” Cartographica 48(3): 157-176.
Edited Journal Issues (with Peer Review)
2015 Burns, Ryan, D. Meek. The Politics of Knowledge Production in the Geoweb. Special Issue of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.
2015 Burns, Ryan, J. Thatcher. What’s So Big about Big Data? Finding the Spaces and Perils of Big Data. Special Issue of GeoJournal.
Conference Proceedings and White Papers
2013 Burns, Ryan, L. Shanley. Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: Workshop Summary. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. http://www.scribd.com/doc/165813847/Connecting-Grassroots-to-Government-for-Disaster-Management-Workshop-Summary (last accessed 3/7/2014).
2012 Burns, Ryan. Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. http://bit.ly/OC4kmD (last accessed 9/18/2012).
2009 Burns, Ryan, A. Skupin. Mapping Places, People, and Utterances to Visualize the Experience of Place. In Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conference, Santiago, Chile (CD-ROM). http://bit.ly/POhGuu (last accessed 9/12/2012).
2011 [Collection of 3 maps] In Ramamurthy, P., “Rearticulating Caste: The Global Cottonseed Commodity Chain and the Paradox of Smallholder Capitalism in South India,” Environment and Planning A 43: 1035-1056.
2011 [Collection of 5 maps/screenshots from the Mapping Youth Journeys project website] In K. Mitchell, S. Elwood, “Engaging Students through Mapping Local History,” Journal of Geography 111(4): 148-157.
2010 [Collection of 6 maps about poverty in the Pacific Northwest] In V. Lawson, L. Jarosz and A. Bonds, “Articulations of Place, Poverty, and Race: Dumping Grounds and Unseen Grounds in the Rural American Northwest,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(3): 655-677.
2007 Map of Ecuador, Including the Extension of Páramo Grasslands and the Location of the Aglomerados, S.A. (ACOSA) Plantation. In K. Farley, “Grasslands to Tree Plantations: Forest Transition in the Andes of Ecuador,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 97(4): 760.
2016 (invited) “Big Data, digital humanitarianism, and smart cities: New directions for GIScience research”. Invited presentation at San Diego State University Department of Geography: San Diego, CA.
2016 (accepted) “Smart cities, open data, and knowledge politics: Blank spots in cartographic representations”. NACIS 2016: Colorado Springs, CO. Withdrew due to scheduling conflicts.
2016 (accepted) “The inequalities of economic and representational inclusion in digital ‘solutions’ to urban crisis”. Regional Studies Association: Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability. Dresden, Germany.
2016 “Everyday disruptions, digital restorations: Community engagement and resistance to digital humanitarianism”. Annual Meeting of the AAG: San Francisco, CA.
2015 “‘Let the private sector take care of this’: Toward a Political Economy of Digital Humanitarianism”. Annual meeting of the AAG. Chicago, IL.
2014 “Crisis Mapping as Social Process: Research and Policy Implications of New Digital Technologies”. Keynote presentation at Crisis Mapping Seminar, Heidelberg University, Germany.
2014 “The Digital Humanitarian Moment: New Practices, Knowledge Politics, and Philanthro-capitalism.” University of Washington Department of Geography Colloquium. Seattle, WA.
2014 “Rethinking Knowledge Politics through Digital Humanitarianism.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Tampa, FL.
2012 “Digital Public Scholarship: Mapping Youth Journeys.” College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Showcase. HuskyFest 2012. Seattle, WA.
2012 “Beyond Inclusion and Empowerment: Inequality in the Geoweb.” Annual meeting of the AAG. New York, NY.
2011 “Software-sorted Geographies of the Urban Global South.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Seattle WA.
2010 Mitchell, K. & R. Burns [equal contribution] “Mapping Engagement: Using Basic Geovisualization Technologies to Help Children Become Better Geographers and Better Citizens.” Plenary session, Fall meeting of the Association of Washington Geographers.
2010 “‘Exploring Geovisualization’: Reflections, Ideas, and Questions.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Washington, D.C.
2009 “Visualization of Attribute Spaces Involving Places, People and Utterances.” International Cartographic Conference. Santiago, Chile.
2009 “Spatializing Places, People, and Utterances- A Case Study Involving San Diego Neighborhoods.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Las Vegas, NV.
2008 “Landscapes of Participatory Dialogue: Participation and Geovisualization in AgoraXchange.” Annual Meeting of the AAG. Boston, MA.
2008 Verutes, G., R. Burns “Visualizing Linguistic Variation within University Classroom Discourse.” Annual Meeting of the AAG. Boston, MA.
2007 “…things seen are temporal, things unseen are eternal.” Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Long Beach, CA. Co-presenters: Christopher Moreno, Sean Crotty, Steven Jareb, Mike Beland, Jenny Duncan, Karen Stahl.
2006 “Globalization and the Cultural Significance of Bookstores in Viet Nam.” Undergraduate Presentation Showcase, Eastern Kentucky University. Poster presentation.
2005 “Is Small-town Kentucky Ready to Grow? Community Readiness for Growth and Development Along the I-75 Corridor.” Posters-at-the-Capitol, Frankfort, KY. Poster presentation. Co-presented with Ricardo Hernandez.
Panel Participation & Sessions Organized
2016 Organizer. “Hipster Geographies: Socio-spatial Practices, Politics, and Economies of Culture’s Most Maligned Figure”. Annual Meeting of the AAG. San Francisco, CA. Organizer with Cristina Temenos and Jesse McClelland. (2 sessions)
2016 Organizer. “Toward a Geographical Software Studies”. Annual meeting of the AAG. San Francisco, CA. Organizer with Nick Lally. (4 sessions)
2015 Consultant. “Academic Partnerships with HOT”. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Summit. Organizer: Robert Soden.
2015 Organizer. “Critical Data, Critical Technology: in Theory.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Chicago, IL. Organizer with Jim Thatcher and Craig Dalton. 2 sessions.
2015 Organizer. “Critical Data, Critical Technology: in Praxis.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Chicago, IL. Organizer with Jim Thatcher and Craig Dalton. 2 sessions.
2015 Organizer. “On the Political Economy of Geospatial Technologies.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Chicago, IL. Organizer with Jim Thatcher and Craig Dalton.
2014 Participant. “Revisiting Critical GIS”. Friday Harbor Laboratories, Friday Harbor, WA.
2014 Panelist. “Publishing, not Perishing: A Student’s Guide to Academic Publishing.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Tampa, FL.
2014 Panelist. “alt.conference on Big Data: Lightning Panel.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Tampa, FL.
2013 Organizer. “Whither Small Data?: The Limits of ‘Big Data’ and the Value of ‘Small Data’ Studies.” Organizer with Jim Thatcher. Annual meeting of the AAG. Los Angeles, CA. Presenting panelists: Rob Kitchin, Jim Thatcher, Ralph Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University), Taylor Shelton. Discussant: Andrés Monroy-Hernández (Microsoft Research).
2013 Organizer. “Critical Interventions into Gender & the Geoweb.” Organizer with Monica Stephens. Annual meeting of the AAG. Los Angeles, CA. Presenting panelists: Brent Hecht, Monica Stephens, Michele Masucci, Adrianne Wadewitz (Center of Digital Learning and Research, Occidental College).
2012 Organizer. “Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable.” Organizer with Lea Shanley, John Crowley, and Alyson Lyons. Washington, DC. For list of panelists, see: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/GrassrootstoGovernmentAgenda-9.9.12_0.pdf
2011-2012 Organizer. Series of 6 panels and roundtables on “Making the University Public”, a Graduate Interest Group through the Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW. Seattle, WA. Panels included: Susan Jeffords (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UW - Bothell), Kari Lerum (UW - Bothell), Tad Hirsch (Design, UW), Jentery Sayers (English, University of Victoria), John Vallier (UW Libraries), Richa Nagar (Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota).
2011 Organizer. “Critical Perspectives on Software & Space.” Organizer with Joe Eckert. Annual meeting of the AAG. Seattle, WA. Presenting panelists: Mark Graham, Matt Zook, Rob Kitchin, Wendy Chun (Modern Culture and Media, Brown University). Chair: Sarah Elwood. Discussant: Matt Wilson.
2014 “Disaster Time: Critical Perspectives on Crisis Informatics and the Temporal Aspects of Disasters.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Tampa, FL.
2013 “Critical Interventions into Gender & the Geoweb.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Los Angeles, CA. Presenting panelists: Brent Hecht, Monica Stephens, Michele Masucci, Adrianne Wadewitz (Center of Digital Learning and Research, Occidental College).
2013 “Crowdsourcing Crisis in the GeoWeb: A Critical Look.” Annual meeting of the AAG. Los Angeles, CA. Organized by Barbara Poore and Sophia Liu. Presenters: Katrina Petersen (Communication, University of California - Santa Barbara), Andrés Monroy-Hernández (Microsoft Research), Megan Finn (Microsoft Research), Cameran Ashraf (University of California - Los Angeles).
2014 Research Assistant: Dr. Matt Dunbar, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
2009-2012 Research Assistant: Dr. Sarah Elwood, Mapping Youth Journeys
2009-2010 Assistant: Dr. Katharyne Mitchell, Top This Parenting
2008-2009 GIS Specialist: Helix Environmental Planning, Inc.
2007 GIS Analyst/Cartographer: Baja Directions (bathymetric cartography company)
2006-2007 SDSU Geography Graduate Assistant: Dr. Kathleen Farley
2006-2007 GIS Analyst: IGIS Technologies, Inc. (GIS services consulting company)
2005 Volunteer Assistant: Dr. Dan Weir, mapping a derelict cemetery for future renovation and restoration. My particular involvement was to map the gathered GPS coordinates.
2003-2006 Assistant: Dr. David Zurick, researching culture change in the Himalayas based on US-based travel agencies there.
2003-2006 Assistant: Dr. Bruce Davis, producing an online atlas of the South Pacific using ArcScan and ArcIMS.
2006 GIS Intern: City of Berea, KY. Supervised by Paul Schraeder.
2005 Independent study in Viet Nam. Used MapInfo and ArcMap to map bookstores in Ho Chi Minh City. I combined this with 30 interviews, delving into bookstores’ cultural significance to Viet Nam.
2005 Senior thesis, expanding on the independent study, but focusing on how cultural globalization is affecting the influence of bookstores in Viet Nam. Presented at EKU in December, 2005.
2016 GUS 8068: “Web and Mobile GIS” (Temple U)
2015 GUS 0821: “Digital Mapping” (Temple U)
2015 GUS 3062/5062: “Fundamentals of GIS” (Temple U)
2015 GEOG 465: “GIS Databases and Programming” (UW)
2014 GEOG 301: “Cultural Geography” (UW)
2013 GEOG 102: “The Making of World Regions” (UW)
2012 GEOG 461: “Urban GIS” (UW)
2016 (invited) Guest lecture in GEOG 340: Qualitative Methods in Human-Environment Research (UofC)
2016 (invited) Guest lecture in GEOG 463: Cities, Poverty, and Development (UofC)
2016 Guest lecture in ENST 2097: Research Design in Environmental Studies (TU)
2015 Seminar host in Data Science for Social Good program.
2014 Guest lecture in GEOG 360: “Introduction to GIS”
2014 Guest lecture in GEOG 277: “Geographies of Cities”
2012 Guest lecture in GEOG 469/569: “GIS Workshop”
2012 Guest lecture in GEOG 461/561: “Urban GIS”
2010 “Participatory Mapping” Imagining America Site Visit
2014 UW Geography Teaching Assistant: Introduction to GIS
2012 UW Geography Teaching Assistant: Urban GIS, GIS Workshop
2007-2008 SDSU Geography Teaching Assistant: Introduction to GIS (twice), Map Investigation, and Animated Cartographic Design
2015-2016 Professional Science Master’s in GIS Steering Committee
2013-2014 Secretary and Treasurer, “Geographic Information Systems and Science” Specialty Group of the AAG
2012-2013 Leadership Collective Member, “Socialist & Critical Geography” Specialty Group of the AAG
2012-2013 Research Assistant, Commons Lab, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
2008-2012 Webmaster, “Socialist & Critical Geography” Specialty Group of the AAG
2011-2012 Primary Project Liaison, “Making the University Public” Graduate Interest Group
2011-2012 Graduate Policy Committee Representative, Department of Geography, UW
2010-2011 Co-president (with Chris Lizotte) of the Geography Dept Graduate Student Association
2007-2008 SDSU Geography Colloquium Planning Committee
2002-2006 EKU Honors Program scholar
2002-2004 EKU Geography Club President once and Secretary twice
Philosophical Transactions New Media & Society GeoJournal \(x2\) Cartographica Geography Compass \(x3\) Plenum: A Journal of Geography \(x2\) International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research US National Report to the International Cartographic Association
2015 Formatting and Sharing Your Syllabus with Markdown and Github. Invited workshop at Temple University, 10/30/2015.
2014 Impact Evaluation Framework public portfolio, in partial fulfillment of graduate certificate in public scholarship.
2013 Interview for the Digital Humanitarian Network, “Guidance for Collaborating with Formal Humanitarian Organizations.” http://app.box.com/s/w25sqotkg4qc2f2ch1ii.
2012-2013 Participation in various digital humanitarian activations (Samoa, Dominican Republic, Typhoon Bopha)
2012 Interview for Simpson Center for the Humanities News, “Doctoral Student Ryan Burns Selected to Present on Digital Scholarship at UW HuskyFest 2012.” http://bit.ly/HUCIQS.
2012 Interview for UW Today, “UW Leads in Connecting Scholarship with Community.” http://bit.ly/yQ77sX.
2011 Attended Imagining America public scholarship conference. Coverage in “Certificate in Public Scholarship Fellows Represent UW at Imagining America Conference.” Simpson Center for the Humanities Center News. http://bit.ly/IgG6bl.
2010 Volunteered in “Participatory Mapping” Imagining America conference site visit
2005 Coverage of volunteer research work in “Researchers Hope to Map, Identify Graves in Abandoned Cemetery.” Diverse Issues in Higher Education. http://bit.ly/Jx7d2h.