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Department of Spatial Planning

RAM Colloquium with Dr Alenka Poplin

Begin: End: Location: Online
Portrait photo of Alenka Poplin © Alenka Poplin

Title: Mapping emotions and well-being evocative places

Time and venue: Friday, 2 December 2022, 4 pm CET; online event on Zoom

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This presentation concentrates on mapping emotions and well-being evocative places; places at which people recharge and feel at peace. Paper-map and digital-mapping experiments were conducted in Hamburg (Germany), Ames and Grinnell (Iowa), Vitória, and Belo Horizonte (Brazil). The data about the characteristics of the self-selected evocative places and emotions felt at these places resulted in the Conceptual Model of an Evocative Place (CMEP). The model provides four categories with which places can be described including physical attributes, experiences, senses, and values. The presentation concludes with a discussion on the challenges of mapping emotions and future research.

Speaker bio:

Dr Alenka Poplin is an Associate Professor of Geoinformation Science at the Community and Regional Planning Department of Iowa State University. She holds a PhD from Vienna University of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University, South Carolina, and a Master of Surveying from Ljubljana University of Technology, Slovenia. Her research interests concentrate on geogames for community engagement, online geogames, and mapping places and emotions.