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Catherine Porter

<p>Catherine Porter</p>

Catherine Porter


BSc (Hons) Geography
PGDip Geographic Information Systems




School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK

Current Research:

Society, Space and Culture

GIS Applications in Cartographic History and Historical Geography

This research moves away from the traditional 'visual' forms of historic map assessment, and towards the creation of a generic methodology for the assessment of early cartography by utilising Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and various forms of statistical analysis. The methodology will be explored and tested via a selection of sixteenth and early seventeenth century cartographies of Ireland, focusing on quantitative means of assessing map accuracy and map lineage in these early maps.

Further information can be found on my website

Research Interests

GIS analysis, cartography, geography, history


Prof Keith Lilley (Queen's University, Belfast)
Dr Paul Ell (Queen's University, Belfast)



Lilley, K. & Porter, C. (2013) ‘Mapping Worlds? Excavating Cartographic Encounters in Plantation Ireland through GIS’, Historical Geography, 41: 35-58.

Porter, C. (2013) 'Quantifying Irish Cartographic Histories', Imago Mundi, 65 (1): 135-136.

Conference Papers:

Porter, C. (2013) 'Cartography and Digital Archives', The Mining Institute, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, January 2013.

Porter, C. (2013) 'Towards a Quantitative Methodology for Assessing the Cartography of Early Modern Ireland', St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, January 2013.

Lilley, K., Porter, C. & Lloyd, C. (2012) Unravelling historical geographies of medieval and modern cartography: The uses of GIS in quantifying and comparing changes in European maps and map-making, 1350−1600, XV. International Conference of Historical Geographers, Faculty of Science of Charles University, Prague, August 2012.

Porter, C. (2012) ‘Mapping Spaces: Reassessing Ireland’s cartographic history through the use of spatial technologies’, Queen’s University Belfast, May 2012.

Lilley, K., Lloyd, C. & Porter, C. (2011) Quantifying revolution: mapping lineages in British cartography. The Language of Maps – Communicating through cartography during the middle ages and renaissance, The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, June 2011.

External Grant Funding:

Department of Education and Learning (DEL)