Eric M. Huntley

  • Technical Instructor of GIS, Data Visualization and Graphics, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD Candidate
  • Geography
  • New Maps Plus
  • Social Theory
Other Affiliations:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests:

PhD Candidate | Geography
University of Kentucky | College of Arts and Sciences | 2014 -

MUP | Urban and Regional Planning (conc. Physical Planning and Design)
University of Michigan | Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning | 2014

BFA | Performing Arts Technology (conc. Media Arts)
University of Michigan | School of Music, Theater & Dance | 2010

Graduate Certificate in Social Theory
University of Kentucky | College of Arts and Sciences | 2016


My research examines the use of geospatial technologies and cartographic methods within the design disciplines as well as the active role of those disciplines in the historical making and remaking of GIS. I am particularly interested in the ecological design tradition within landscape architecture and the ways in which its view of nature, as well as its methods, assumptions, and techniques, are operationalized in the development of geospatial technologies.

At the University of Kentucky, I am affiliated with the New Mappings Collaboratory, a group of scholars working to further critical GIS and geospatial web scholarship while also exploring new ways of doing cartographic work. I am also affiliated with the Committee on Social Theory and expect to complete the Graduate Certificate in Social Theory in Spring 2016. In addition, I am an organizer of the Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) conference.

Prior to my doctoral studies, I received a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (TCAUP) where I worked under Maria Arquero de Alarcón, MLAUD and David S. Bieri, PhD. During my time at TCAUP, I was a founding member of Dr. Bieri's Political Space Economy Lab (now housed at Virginia Tech), an interdisciplinary research cluster that critically investigates the financialization of real estate markets and the shifting spatialities of credit, money, and metropolitan form.

Selected Publications: 

Jeremy Crampton, Eric M. Huntley, and Emily Kaufman. Forthcoming. "Ethics and Societal Impacts of GIS."  In GIS Principles and Technical Designs of GIS, edited by Thomas J. Cova and Ming-Hsiang Tsou. Elsevier.

Eric M. Huntley and Robert Cabral. 2014. "Embracing the Impermanent: Deconstruction, Metabolism, Memory." In Historic Preservation and Urban Change, edited by Terry Schwarz. Vol. 7 of Urban Infill, 78-83. Kent State University Press/Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

Political Space Economy Lab. 2013. Moonlights, Sunspots, and Frontier Finance: On the Nexus Between Money, Credit, and Urban Form. Ann Arbor, MI: Political Space Economy Lab.

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