In November 2014 Doug presented “ Securing Human and Environmental Rights through PGIS ” at the AGI’s annual GeoCom Conference in Warwick, UK. Based upon research carried out for VOZ, the research was supported by the University of Amsterdam, Universidad del Valle, and the University of Westminster. Drawing upon case studies from Colombia and Syria the paper sought to explain how locally generated geo spatial information can be used to promote human rights, suggesting that it is maps and PGIS, rather than social media that is needed to highlight human rights and environmental abuses in a way that moves us beyond documenting abuses and towards holding those responsible to account.
Doug received The AGI Award for the Best Paper at Conference for his presentation. The award was judged by the delegates at the GeoCom 2014 conference.