Dr Amy Griffin

+61 2 6268 8949
+61 2 6268 8017


Room 238 PEMS North (Bldg 22)School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at the University of New South Wales @ADFA, where I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in GIScience and human geography. I completed my PhD at the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University in 2004.

I currently teach undergraduate units on  Environmental Hazards and geographic information systems/remote sensing. I also teach a portion of the first year geography curriculum focused on healthy environments/healthy people. 

My research has two thrusts:
(1) geographic information science, with a focus on theoretical aspects of visual representation; and
(2) human-environment interactions, particularly how humans move through the built, biophysical and social environments.

Geographic Information Science:
My current research is investigating the cognitive and perceptual processes involved in using maps, information visualizations and other forms of geospatial information. Two particular research foci at present are communicating and reasoning with uncertainty in demographic estimates, a collaboration with researchers from Colorado University and Portland State University in the U.S., and conceptualising the role that affective responses to maps may play in map reading.

I have also been involved in a long term collaboration with other researchers at UNSW Canberra developing a map-based people's history of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. You can have a look at our interactive map here: http://vietnam.unsw.adfa.edu.au 

Human-Environment Interactions:
With colleagues at the ANU, University of Adelaide, FACHSIA, and the Western Sydney Health Service, I am investigating the health outcomes of time scarcity. In particular, I am looking at how families' time-space geographies lead to time scarcity.

I welcome inquiries from potential postgraduate students with interests in these areas.


Ross AT; Hall R; Griffin AL, 2015, The Search For Tactical Success in Vietnam, Australian Army History Series, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne

Miley FM; Read A; Griffin A; McCormack C; Kennelly R; Cram B, 2012, Using stories in teaching, Original, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Milperra, NSW

Book Chapters

Griffin AL; Montello DR, 2015, 'Vision and discrimination', in Monmonier M (ed.), The History of Cartography, Volume 6: Cartography in the Twentieth Century, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 1055 - 1059

Grigg L; Griffin AL, 2014, 'A role for eye-tracking research in accounting and financial reporting?', in Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research, pp. 225 - 230, 10.1007/978-3-319-02868-2_17

Griffin AL, 2009, 'Color, Mapping', in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, edn. Original, Elsevier, UK, pp. 195 - 201

Griffin AL, 2009, 'Information Graphics', in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, edn. Original, Elsevier, UK, pp. 459 - 468

Griffin AL, 2008, 'Visual Variables', in Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science, edn. Original, SAGE Publications, USA, pp. 506 - 509

Journal articles

Gbanie SP; Griffin AL; Thornton A, 2018, 'Impacts on the Urban Environment: Land Cover Change Trajectories and Landscape Fragmentation in Post-War Western Area, Sierra Leone', REMOTE SENSING, vol. 10, 10.3390/rs10010129

Çöltekin A; Brychtová A; Griffin AL; Robinson AC; Imhof M; Pettit C, 2017, 'Perceptual complexity of soil-landscape maps: a user evaluation of color organization in legend designs using eye tracking', International Journal of Digital Earth, vol. 10, pp. 560 - 581, 10.1080/17538947.2016.1234007

Griffin AL; White T; Fish C; Tomio B; Huang H; Sluter CR; Bravo JVM; Fabrikant SI; Bleisch S; Yamada M, 2017, 'Designing across map use contexts: a research agenda', International Journal of Cartography, pp. 1 - 25, 10.1080/23729333.2017.1315988

Griffin AL; Robinson AC; Roth RE, 2017, 'Envisioning the future of cartographic research', International Journal of Cartography, pp. 1 - 8, 10.1080/23729333.2017.1316466

Roth RE; Çöltekin A; Delazari L; Filho HF; Griffin A; Hall A; Korpi J; Lokka I; Mendonça A; Ooms K, 2017, 'User studies in cartography: opportunities for empirical research on interactive maps and visualizations', International Journal of Cartography, pp. 1 - 29, 10.1080/23729333.2017.1288534

Trisasongko BH; Panuju DR; Paull DJ; Jia X; Griffin AL, 2017, 'Comparing six pixel-wise classifiers for tropical rural land cover mapping using four forms of fully polarimetric sar data', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 38, pp. 3274 - 3293, 10.1080/01431161.2017.1292072

Griffin AL; Robinson AC, 2015, 'Comparing color and leader line highlighting strategies in coordinated view geovisualizations', IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 21, pp. 339 - 349, 10.1109/TVCG.2014.2371858

McQuoid J; Welsh J; Strazdins L; Griffin AL; Banwell C, 2015, 'Integrating paid work and chronic illness in daily life: A space-time approach to understanding the challenges', Health and Place, vol. 34, pp. 8391, 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.04.001

Gbanie SP; Thornton A; Griffin AL, 2015, ''The Diamond of Western Area is Land': Narratives of Land Use and Land Cover Change in Post-conflict Sierra Leone', AUSTRALASIAN REVIEW OF AFRICAN STUDIES, vol. 36, pp. 51 - 73

Griffin AL; Hall B; Ross AT, 2014, 'The Australian counterinsurgency campaign in the Vietnam war: the ambush battle', Journal of Maps, vol. 10, pp. 61 - 64, 10.1080/17445647.2013.870095

Andrienko G; Fabrikant SI; Griffin AL; Dykes J; Schiewe J, 2014, 'GeoViz: interactive maps that help people think', International Journal of Geographical Information Science, vol. 28, pp. 2009 - 2012, 10.1080/13658816.2014.937719

Van Elzakker CPJM; Griffin AL, 2013, 'Focus on geoinformation users', GIM International, vol. 27, pp. 20 - 23

Griffin AL; McQuoid J, 2012, 'At the intersection of maps and emotion: The challenge of spatially representing experience', Kartographische Nachrichten, vol. 62, pp. 291 - 299

Griffin AL; Fabrikant SI, 2012, 'More maps, more users, more devices means more cartographic challenges', Cartographic Journal, vol. 49, pp. 298 - 301, 10.1179/0008704112Z.00000000049

Solangaarachchi D; Griffin AL; Doherty MD, 2012, 'Social vulnerability in the context of bushfire risk at the urban-bush interface in Sydney: A case study of the Blue Mountains and Ku-ring-gai local council areas', Natural Hazards, vol. 64, pp. 1873 - 1898, 10.1007/s11069-012-0334-y

Walkington H; Griffin AL; Keys-Mathews L; Metoyer SK; Miller WE; Baker R; France D, 2011, 'Embedding research-based learning early in the undergraduate geography curriculum', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 35, pp. 315 - 330, 10.1080/03098265.2011.563377

Strazdins L; Griffin AL; Broom DH; Banwell C; Korda R; Dixon J; Paolucci F; Glover J, 2011, 'Time scarcity: Another health inequality?', Environment and Planning A, vol. 43, pp. 545 - 559, 10.1068/a4360

Mishra SR; Griffin AL, 2010, 'Encroachment: A threat to resource sustainability in Chilika Lake, India', Applied Geography, vol. 30, pp. 448 - 459, 10.1016/j.apgeog.2009.12.001

Griffin AL, 2009, 'Review of Map Use: Reading and Analysis, Sixth Edition', Journal of Spatial Science, vol. 54, pp. 140 - 142

Griffin AL; Kessler F, 2009, 'Results of the 2009 Cartogrpahic Perspectives Readership Survey', Cartographic Perspectives, vol. 63, pp. 51 - 63

Griffin AL; Bell S, 2009, 'Applications of signal detection theory to geographic information science', Cartographica, vol. 44, pp. 145 - 158, 10.3138/carto.44.3.145

Scheyvens R; Griffin AL; Jocoy CL; Liu Y; Bradford M, 2008, 'Experimenting with Active Learning in Geography: Dispelling the Myths that Perpetuate Resistance', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 32, pp. 51 - 69

Bhowmick T; Griffin AL; MacEachren AM; Kluhsman BC; Lengerich EJ, 2008, 'Informing geospatial toolset design: Understanding the process of cancer data exploration and analysis', HEALTH & PLACE, vol. 14, pp. 576 - 607, 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.10.009

Griffin AL, 2007, 'From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow, How Maps Name, Claim and Inflame', Journal of Spatial Science, vol. 52, pp. 201 - 203

Griffin AL; MacEachren AM; Hardisty F; Steiner E; Li B, 2006, 'A comparison of animated maps with static small-multiple maps for visually identifying space-time clusters', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 96, pp. 740 - 753, 10.1111/j.1467-8306.2006.00514.x

Conference Papers

Anh LV; Paull DJ; Griffin AL, 2016, 'Investigating the capabilities of new microwave ALOS-2/PALSAR-2 data for biomass estimation', in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, presented at , 10.1117/12.2240911

Elsergany AT; Griffin AL; Tranter P; Alam S, 2015, 'Development of a geographic information system for riverine flood disaster evacuation in Canberra, Australia: Trip generation and distribution modelling', in ISCRAM 2015 Conference Proceedings - 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, presented at

Elsergany AT; Griffin AL; Tranter P; Alam S, (eds.), 2014, 'Descriptive and Geographical Analysis of Flood Disaster Evacuation Modelling', in Descriptive and Geographical Analysis of Flood Disaster Evacuation Modelling, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, presented at ISCRAM 2014 Conference, University Park, PA, 18 - 21 May 2014, http://idl.iscram.org/search.php?sqlQuery=SELECT%20author,%20title,%20type,%20year,%20publication,%20abbrev_journal,%20volume,%20issue,%20pages,%20keywords,%20abstract,%20address,%20corporate_author,%

Abdel hamid BEA; Griffin AL, 2009, 'Developing a spatial-statistical model and map of the horse population in Australia', in GeoComputation 2009 Proceedings, UNSW, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, presented at 10th International Conference on GeoComputation 2009, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 30 November - 02 December 2009, http://www.biodiverse.unsw.edu.au/geocomputation/proceedings/index.html

Abdel hamid BEA; Griffin AL; Durr P, (ed.), 2009, 'Disease outbreak dynamics: modelling and simulation for complex realities', in Proceedings of the European Conference on Complex Systems, University of Warwick, University of Warwick, UK, pp. 1 - 6, presented at ECCS 09 European Conference on Complex Systems, University of Warwick, UK, 21 - 25 September 2009

Griffin AL, 2009, 'Analyzing sequential data from geovisualization user interfaces', in Conference Proceedings of the 24th International Cartopgraphic Conference, International Cartographic Association, Santiago, Chile, pp. 1 - 8, presented at ICC 2009, Santiago, Chile, 15 - 21 November 2009

Connor JM; Griffin AL, 2009, 'The Muscle Trade: International track and field athlete mobility, colonialism and development', in The Future of Sociology, TASA, ANU, Canberra, presented at The Australian Sociological Association 2009 Annual Conference, ANU, Canberra, 01 - 04 December 2009

Banos A; Griffin AL, 2007, 'A Methodology for Exploring Urban Neighbourhood Shapes and Sizes', in 15th European Colloquim on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, 15th European Colloquim on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, Montreux, Switzerland, presented at 15th European Colloquim on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, Montreux, Switzerland, 07 - 11 September 2007


Hall RA; Ross AT; De Heer D; Griffin A; Kimberley P; Smith B; Turner T; Doyle J, 'Australia's Vietnam War' website

Hall RA; Ross AT; De Heer D; Griffin A, Operation Wandering Souls