Ken Josephson

David Turpin Building, B209
Department of Geography
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
V8W 3R4

Phone: 1-250-721-7343
Fax: 1-250-721-6216



Ken Josephson works in communications and community mapping in the geography department, and much of what he does is create the visual representations used for public-engagement and community-consultation processes. Through the graphics he provides, people are able to make connections they might not otherwise see or think of or remember, and thus they’re prompted to share key information and intriguing stories that become part of the community record. Ken joined U Vic as a cartographer and graphic artist in 1981. Since then, he’s contributed maps and graphics for more than 40 books, including a series of “wellness atlases,” and has become heavily involved in community engagement. He worked with LifeCycles to develop the Common Ground Community Mapping Project (initiated by Maeve Lydon who is now associate director of UVic’s Office of Community-Based Research), and this work led to the creation of the Community Green Map of Victoria and Region (in 2004). More recent projects include web-based interactive maps, for which people can log-in and contribute.



Main fields of research interests are in encouraging participatory action using maps and art.