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Community Mapping Lab

CML members posing

Our Mission - The Community Mapping Lab is comprised of faculty, students, and community members who draw from geographic theories and methods to work for the empowerment of marginalized groups, shape understanding of important issues, and develop new tools for community based research. Our research projects rely on collaborative research partnerships, develop innovative approaches to engaged research, and foster public dialogue about community development, community engagement, cartography, and spatial analysis.


Our Projects

1958 Athens Directory: Digitizing this city directory provides insights on residential and workforce segregation in the city near the end of the Jim Crow era.

 Athens evictions: Compiling court filings related to evictions in the city to identify the most impacted areas and biggest evictors. 

Linnentown: Collected, organized, and mapped data for an Athens neighborhood destroyed by urban renewal 

Brooklyn Cemetery: Students organized and ground truthed data on this Black cemetery space, as well as creating print and online maps. The goal has been to help support efforts to draw attention and sustain this historic place


In the News

UGA students and housing advocates map out evictions in Athens-Clarke County


New biking map of Athens eases the ride around town


University of Georgia Experts Estimate Black Residents Who Were Displaced to Make Room for Dormitories Should Get $5M In Reparations


Related Courses

Community GIS (Geog4/6385) is taught each spring.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Jerry Shannon ( for more information and to be added to CML's email list.


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We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about how to help us grow.

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