2022

How maps tell the story of war in Ukraine

How maps tell the story of war in Ukraine

Specht, Doug; Kent, Alexander J.Online articleQuoted in media

Published: 2022-04-01

Geographical Magazine

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Place has an impact for doctoral supervision

Place has an impact for doctoral supervision

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2022-03-22

WonkHE

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Social media can support environmental movements – but not in the way you might think

Social media can support environmental movements – but not in the way you might think

Specht, Doug; Kavada, AnastasiaOnline article

Published: 2022-03-09

The Conversation

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How to teach and support students through times of stress or disadvantage

How to teach and support students through times of stress or disadvantage

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2022-02-11

WonkHE

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2021

The Northern Line Extension: A challenge for mapmakers and for social equality

The Northern Line Extension: A challenge for mapmakers and for social equality

Specht, Doug; Kent, Alexander J.Online article

Published: 2021-10-11

Geography Directions

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This year’s students will not give universities the benefit of the doubt when it comes to online learning

This year’s students will not give universities the benefit of the doubt when it comes to online learning

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2021-08-24

WonkHE

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Apocalyptic films have lulled us into a false sense of security about climate change

Apocalyptic films have lulled us into a false sense of security about climate change

Specht, Doug; Angeli, SilviaOnline articleQuoted in media

Published: 2021-08-10

The Conversation

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El Salvador has made bitcoin legal tender – why?

El Salvador has made bitcoin legal tender – why?

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2021-07-27

Geographical Magazine

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Is the Locus Charter enough to rein in the power of tech companies?

Is the Locus Charter enough to rein in the power of tech companies?

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2021-04-29

Geography Directions

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Universities can’t rely on early adopters to drive transformation

Universities can’t rely on early adopters to drive transformation

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2021-04-23

Times Higher Education

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2020

The way we use data is a life or death matter – from the refugee crisis to COVID-19

The way we use data is a life or death matter – from the refugee crisis to COVID-19

Specht, Doug; Halkort, MonikaOnline articleTranslation available

Published: 2020-11-12

The Conversation, Geography Directions, Techst

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California wildfires: why a gender-reveal party got all the blame, but shouldn’t have

California wildfires: why a gender-reveal party got all the blame, but shouldn’t have

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2020-09-14

The Conversation

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Digital learning and teaching: reflections on identity and efficacy

Digital learning and teaching: reflections on identity and efficacy

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2020-08-18

MeCCSA Three-D

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#DefundtheBBC: the anatomy of a social media campaign

#DefundtheBBC: the anatomy of a social media campaign

Barnett, Steven; Specht, DougOnline articleVideo

Published: 2020-06-10

The Conversation

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Coronavirus: is working from home really better for the environment?

Coronavirus: is working from home really better for the environment?

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2020-04-14

Geographical Magazine

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How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

Specht, Doug; Gimenez, JulioOnline articleVideoTranslation available

Published: 2020-03-18

The Conversation

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Mapping Crisis: Regionise, Prepare, Research

Mapping Crisis: Regionise, Prepare, Research

Specht, Doug (Ed.)Periodical

Published: 2020-03-01

Crisis Response Journal

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2019

The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Masters House: New approaches to ethical issues in data

The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Masters House: New approaches to ethical issues in data

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2019-10-21

The European Financial Review

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Captain Chainsaw is burning the Amazon, and the rest of the world is cheering him on.

Captain Chainsaw is burning the Amazon, and the rest of the world is cheering him on.

Specht, Doug (Ed.)PeriodicalVideo

Published: 2019-10-14

Diplomatist Magazine

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Amazon fires: Eight ways you can do your bit to protect the rainforest

Amazon fires: Eight ways you can do your bit to protect the rainforest

Specht, DougOnline articleVideo

Published: 2019-08-29

The Conversation

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 When a natural disaster strikes, it’s too late to start making maps

When a natural disaster strikes, it’s too late to start making maps

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2019-07-08

Geographical Magazine

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Tech companies collect our data every day, but even the biggest datasets can’t solve social issues

Tech companies collect our data every day, but even the biggest datasets can’t solve social issues

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2019-06-06

The Conversation

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 El Salvador: young maverick Bukele wins presidential election, but country’s future remains uncertain

El Salvador: young maverick Bukele wins presidential election, but country’s future remains uncertain

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2019-02-19

The Conversation

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2018

Violent videos put journalists at increased risk of post-traumatic stress

Violent videos put journalists at increased risk of post-traumatic stress

Specht, DougOnline articleTranslation available

Published: 2018-08-23

The Conversation

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Nicaragua crisis: how democracy dies in the era of fake news

Nicaragua crisis: how democracy dies in the era of fake news

Specht, DougOnline articleTranslation available

Published: 2018-08-23

The Conversation

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Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

Specht, DougOnline article

Published: 2018-04-18

LSE Latin America and the Caribbean blog

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2017

Lore in the Time of Cholera

Lore in the Time of Cholera

(Ed.)Periodical

Published: 2017-12-01

Maplines

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Topping up the trust fund: restoring public confidence in science

Topping up the trust fund: restoring public confidence in science

Guy Waddell Julio Gimenez, Doug SpechtOnline article

Published: 2017-02-09

Times Higher Education

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About
Doug Specht is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog. FRGS), a Senior Lecturer (SFHEA) and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster.

His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artefacts, focusing on development issues in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has carried out extensive fieldwork. He also writes and researches on pedagogy, and is author of the Media and Communications Student Study Guide.

He speaks and writes on topics of data ethics, development, education and mapping practices at conferences and invited lectures around the world. He is a member of the editorial board at Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, and the journal Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman. He is also Chair of the Environmental Network for Central America.