Susan Wolfinbarger

Project Director
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Susan Wolfinbarger, Ph.D., is the Project Director of the Geospatial Technologies Project. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the Ohio State University and an M.A. in Geography from the George Washington University. She oversees the projects of AAAS that deal with the applications of geospatial technologies to a range of human rights and humanitarian issues. Her work focuses on the conceptualization, development, and deployment of geospatial technologies and information for human rights-related issues. Her research interests focus on the use of satellite remote sensing as evidence in legal cases, particularly those related to human rights; advancing human rights outcomes through geospatial documentation; feminist and critical views of technology; and the implications and ethics related to the rapid rise in the use of geographic technologies, including volunteered geographic information. She has provided training to multiple human rights organizations, courts, and commissions regarding the implementation of appropriate geospatial methodologies to human rights documentation and litigation. She has published on the uses of remote sensing for land cover and land use change, forced migration, and environmental rights documentation.