Jonathan’s two main intellectual fields are human geography and geographic information science. His interests are informed by and contribute to a range of theoretical and empirical domains, from science and technology studies (STS), to critical GIS, digital geographies, and participatory geographies. Methodologically, his empirical work uses GIS and spatial methods, as well as qualitative approaches to understand how processes of social vulnerability and resilience are mediated and shaped by urban environments.
Jonathan's research and community engagement work investigates new developments in mapping and analysis by and for the public. Also, he is interested in the emerging landscape of data production and analytics in which heterogenous actors including governments, corporations, citizens, and community groups now produce and use digital data in diverse ways. His interest in these topics lie in thinking about the opportunities new sources of data and diverse knowledge production practices might hold for understanding the world, and also in the potential for widening inequalities in the age of digital technology and big data. More generally, this research is conceptually underpinned by an interest in the complex and dynamic sociotechnical relations that exist between geospatial technologies and people.