About me

Meet the author
Photo of Benjamin Hennig / Photo Credits: K%ouml;rber Stiftung and J%ouml;rg HeupelBenjamin is an academic geographer educated at the Universities of Cologne & Bonn and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven/Germany) where he conducted research on hyperspectral remote sensing applications in coastal ecosystems. After working as a research assistant and lecturer in human and urban geography at the Urban and Social Geography Working Group of the Department of Geography, University of Cologne (Germany) he joined the Social and Spatial Inequalities Research Group at the University of Sheffield (UK). He completed his PhD as part of the Worldmapper project with research on visualising the social dimensions of our planet. He then worked as a research assistant and then as a senior research fellow at the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield investigating social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and new concepts for the visualisation of these issues and now continues this work as a senior research fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Here he also is a member of the research cluster on Transformations: Economy, Society and Place.

Contact Details

Benjamin D. Hennig
School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QY
United Kingdom
Email: benjamin.hennig@ouce.ox.ac.uk
Skype: bhennig
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A Social Atlas of London

Funded by the Trust for London
This ongoing research project aims to increase the understanding of poverty and inequality in London. It builds on the objectives of the Trust for London, which aims to tackle poverty and inequality in the British capital.

About my PhD research (2008-2011): Worldmapping beyond mere description

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

The research was built on the work of the Worldmapper project. Worldmapper visually describes the world, mapping the contours of hundreds of variables; but only in one way and a way easily open to criticism despite its novelty and wide scope. The PhD addressed these potential criticisms by moving the resource beyond its current simple descriptive form. It included a reflection of more theoretical issues on how world resources, flows and shares are understood, particularly visually understood – and how we can improve on this (find out more about my PhD thesis here). The majority of maps presented on this website are outcomes or leftovers from the PhD. They are also called cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. The basics for the algorithm used are those described by Michael Gastner and Mark Newman:
Michael T. Gastner and M. E. J. Newman (2004). Diffusion-based method for producing density equalizing maps Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101, 7499-7504.

Deutscher Studienpreis 2012
The research was awarded the 2012 German Study Award
(Deutscher Studienpreis) by the Körber Stiftung

 
 
Research Interests

  • Global sustainability, demography and population geography, inequality, socioeconomic disparities, urban diversity
  • Cartography, Geovisualisation, GIS, Remote Sensing
  • London, United Kingdom, Germany, European Union, East- and Southeast Asia

Upcoming Talks
Please look at this page for an overview of talks, conference contributions and other events that I’ll be attending.

Publications and published conference contributions
See also my Google Scholar page

  • Hennig, B. D. and Dorling, D. (2014). In Focus: The London bubble. Political Insight 5 (1): 20-21.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Hennig, B.D. (2013). Kriege, Krisen, Konflikte…und Karten: Ein neuer Blick auf die Welt. Wissenschaft und Frieden 2013 (1): 35-38.
    Article online (modified/edited version of the published paper)
  • Hennig, B.D. (2013). Rediscovering the World: Map Transformations of Human and Physical Space. Heidelberg / New York / Dordrecht / London (Springer). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-34848-8
    Announcement and eBook (Springer); Order online (Amazon UK); iBook (Apple)
  • Hennig, B.D. (2013). The human planet. Environment and Planning A 45 (3): 489-491.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (EPA)
  • Hennig, B.D., Ballas. D. and Dorling, D. (2013). Voting for Europe: Eurovision 2013. Political Insight 4 (2): 38.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2013). America’s debt to the world. In D. Dorling (Ed). Unequal health. Bristol: 318-322.
    Book website
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2013). Future people and shifting power. In D. Dorling (Ed). Unequal health. Bristol: 445-447.
    Book website
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2013). London’s political landscapes. In D. Dorling (Ed). Unequal health. Bristol: 181-184.
    Book website
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2013). The World’s Billionaires. Political Insight 4 (1): 38.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Bastawrous, A., Hennig, B. and Livingstone, I. (2013). mHealth Possibilities in a Changing World. Distribution of Global Cell Phone Subscriptions. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine 2 (1): 22-25.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (JMTM)
  • Fichtner, J. and Hennig, B. D. (2013). Offshore financial centres. Political Insight 4 (3): 38.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Paull, J. and Hennig, B. (2013). The world of organic agriculture. In Willer, H. Lernoud, J. and L. Kilcher (Eds). The world of organic agriculture: statistics and emerging trends 2013. Frick, Switzerland & Bonn (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL & International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM): 129.
  • Hennig, B.D. (2012). Mapping an urbanizing planet. Atlantis -­ Platform for Urbanism 23 (1): 24-27.
    Atlantis – Platform for Urbanism (Polis website)
  • Hennig, B.D. (2012). Reinventing the map collection: new journeys through (un)known worlds of London and America. Geographical Journal 178 (1): 93-95.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2012). Educational mobility in England and Germany. In D. Dorling (Ed). Fair Play. Bristol: 155-158.
    Book website
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2012). Financing the European Union. Political Insight 3 (2): 34.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2012). Mapping Britain’s Super-rich. Political Insight 3 (3): 42.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2012). London’s political landscapes. Political Insight 3 (1): 38.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Hennig, B.D. Pritchard, J., Ramsden, M., and Dorling, D. (2012). Remapping the world’s population: Visualizing data using cartograms. In D. Dorling (Ed). Fair Play. Bristol: 379-384.
    Book website
  • Bastawrous, A. and Hennig, B.D. (2012). The global inverse care law: a distorted map of blindness. British Journal of Ophthalmology 96 (10): 1357-1358.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (BJO)
  • Ballas, D., Lupton, R., Kavroudakis, D., Hennig, B., Yiagopoulou, V., Dale, R., and Dorling, D. (2012). Mind the Gap – education inequality across EU regions. An independent report authored for the European Commission by the NESSE network of experts.
    Report online (European Commission)
  • Hennig, B.D. (2011). Rediscovering the world: Gridded cartograms of human and physical space. PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield.
    Find out more; Get access via the EThOS Archive of the British Library
  • Hennig, B.D. (2011). The Happy Planet Index. Resurgence 269: 20-21.
    Website
  • Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2011). In Focus: America’s Debt to the World. Political Insight 2 (3): 34.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Dorling, D. and Hennig, B.D. (2011). In Focus: Global Population Shifts. Political Insight 2 (2): 34.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Pattie, C., Hennig, B.D. and Dorling, D. (2011). In Focus: US Midterm Elections 2010. Political Insight 2 (1): 34.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Paull, J. and Hennig, B. (2011). A World Map of Organic Agriculture. European Journal of Social Sciences 24 (3): 360-369.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Journal issue online (EJSS);
    High-resolution version of the map (Oxford University Archive)
  • Hennig, B.D. (2010). How to see the world differently / Wie man die Welt auch sehen kann. Griephan Global Security 2010 (1): 14-19.
  • Dorling, D. and Hennig, B.D. (2010). In Focus: Government Debt. Political Insight 1 (3): 106.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online (Wiley)
  • Dorling, D. and Hennig, B.D. (2010). In Focus: General Election 2010. Political Insight 1 (2): 72.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online
  • Dorling, D. and Hennig, B.D. (2010). Angles, Saxons, Inequality, and Educational Mobility in England and Germany. Social Europe Journal.
    pdf icon Article as PDF; Article online
  • Hennig, B.D., Pritchard, J., Ramsden, M. and Dorling, D. (2010). Remapping the World’s Population. Visualizing data using cartograms. ArcUser 2010 (1), 66-69.
    pdf icon Article as PDF ; Article online
  • Hennig, B.D. (2009). Geovisualisation of flows: Finding new approaches to map an interdependent world. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society. Manchester.
    pdf icon Download poster as PDF
  • Hennig, B.D., et al. (2009). Re-Mapping the world’s population. Proceedings of the 2009 ESRI International User Conference. San Diego.
    pdf icon Download paper as PDF
  • Hennig, B.D., Dorling, D. and Ramsden, M. (2009). Re-Drawing the world: An approach towards a gridded world population cartogram. In: Fairbairn, D. (ed): Proceedings of the GIS research UK 17th annual conference. Durham: 157-161.
    pdf icon Extended abstract as PDF
  • Hennig, B.D., Cogan, C. and Bartsch, I. (2007). Hyperspectral remote sensing and analysis of intertidal zones – A contribution to monitor coastal biodiversity. In: Car, A., Griesebner, G. and Strobl, J. (eds): Geospatial crossroads @ GI_Forum. Salzburg (= Proceedings of the first geoinformatics forum), 62-73.
    pdf icon Paper as PDF
  • Hennig, B.D. (2005). Applications of hyperspectral remote sensing in coastal ecosystems: A case study from the German North Sea. Thesis AWI Bremerhaven / University of Cologne.
    pdf icon Abstract as PDF; further information

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