Innovative Methods Seminar – Relief Maps

Published: 6 February 2024

Digital Society & Economy IRT hosts a series of innovative methods seminars. This session focuses on Relief Maps, new visual and digital methods for data collection, analysis and visualization of intersecting inequalities.

Innovative Methods Seminar 

Relief Maps: new visual and digital methods for data collection, analysis and visualization of intersecting inequalities

Date: Friday 15 March

Time: 1-2PM

Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provider after registration)

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Relief Maps are a methodological model for studying social inequalities from an intersectionality perspective, in three dimensions: the social dimension (positions and identities of gender, social class, ethnicity, age, etc.), geography (places in daily life) and psychology (effects on emotions). Within the framework of INTERMAPS project, a new digital open-access and free tool has been developed: It includes a visual way of collecting data on intersectional positions, based on the apple metaphor, and a new interactive model for the Relief Maps. Moreover, it offers a GIS tool designed to combine textual narratives, points and areas with geographic coordinates and places with unknown or more vague locations to capture the complex qualities of place and scale in relation to the lived experience of intersectional inequalities.

About our speaker

Maria Rodó-Zárate is professor at the Political and Social Sciences Department. She is graduated in Political Sciences (UAB), Master in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies (UB) and PhD in Geography (UAB). Her research focuses on the study of social inequalities from an intersectional, spatial and emotional perspective applied to issues such as the right to the city, gender-based violence or LGBTI-phobia. She is interested in the spatial articulations among social categories such as gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or (dis)ability, and their effects on lived experience. She is currently leading the project INTERMAPS on social inequalities in everyday life and coordinates the research on the effects of anti-gender discourses within the RESIST project. She is the coordinator of the Research Group on Gender and Inequalities (GRETA) at the Political and Social Sciences Department at UPF.



about the innovative research methodologies for a digital society (irmds) series:

algorithms, digital data sets, social media networks, integrated technologies are all part of our everyday lives. how should we investigate the ongoing changes and challenges of our digital society? how should we explore our relationships with digital data and the online world? what are the limitations and affordances of new methodologies and what ethical considerations should researchers take into account as they look at the digitalisation of our lives? the digital society and economy interdisciplinary theme group invites you to join us for a new workshop series where you can meet researchers who will share innovative research methodologies that address current digital practices and phenomena.

the workshops are open to postgraduate researchers, early career researchers, as well as experienced researchers who want to learn about new methodologies or share their own experiences with the methods presented in the workshop. each workshop will focus on a new method/methodology tried and tested in various contexts. the workshops are meant to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about that method/methodology and ask questions about the process of implementing it. Each workshop will last 50 min. each with time for presentation and q&a.


First published: 6 February 2024

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