dr. B.A. Ricker (Britta)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geo-information Processing at the University of Twente. I teach in the MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) as well as contribute to the research activities of the Maps and Processing research theme, with a focus on critical cartography, participatory mapping and spatial media. As a GIScientist and Geographer I aim to illuminate techniques to make visualization tools associated with GIS more accessible to diverse audiences while meeting intended communication goals.

Additionally, I am an Affiliate Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Washington, Seattle and held a visiting appointment at the University of Auckland in New Zealand in July of 2017. Prior to coming to ITC, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma where I co-founded the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies (2014-2018). I earned a PhD in Geography at Simon Fraser University in Canada (2014), a MSc in Geography from McGill University in Montreal (2010), and a BS in Geography and International Politics from Frostburg State University in the USA (2005). 


Qualitative Method
Field Research


Ricker, B. A., & Roth, R. E. (2018). Mobile Maps and Responsive Design. Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge , [CV 40]. DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2018.2.5
Johnson, P. A., Ricker, B. A., & Harrison, S. (2017). Volunteered Drone Imagery: Challenges and constraints to the development of an open shared image repository. In HICSS '17 Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 1995-2004). (HICSS '17 Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.242
Thatcher, J., & Ricker, B. A. (2015). Introduction to social media and location information minitrack. In 2015 Proceedings of the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (Vol. 2015-March, pp. 1972). (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). IEEE Computer Society. DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2015.657
Thatcher, J., Bergmann, L., Ricker, B., Rose-Redwood, R., O’Sullivan, D., Barnes, T. J., ... Young, J. C. (2015). Revisiting critical GIS. Environment and Planning A, 48(5), 815-824. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15622208
Zargaran, E., Schuurman, N., Nicol, A. J., Matzopoulos, R., Cinnamon, J., Taulu, T., ... Hameed, S. M. (2014). The electronic trauma health record: Design and usability of a novel tablet-based tool for trauma care and injury surveillance in low resource settings. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 218(1), 41-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2013.10.001
Mackenzie, C. A., Ricker, B., Christensen, J., Heller, E., Kagan, E., Osano, P. M., ... Turner, S. (2013). "Dear Diary" revisited: reflecting on collaborative journaling. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37(4), 480-486. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2013.868080

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In the press

2018 January 12 How Tenants Use Digital Mapping to Track Bad Landlords and Gentrification. YES! Magazine http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/how-tenants-use-digital-mapping-to-track-bad-landlords-and-gentrification-20180112


2017 February 17 Drones are Turning Civilians into an Air Force of Citizen Scientists. WIRED https://www.wired.com/2017/02/drones-turning-civilians-air-force-citizen-scientists/


Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 2-058
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  2-058
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands