Participatory Mapping: An innovative sociological method

This toolkit from Real Life Methods provides an introduction to the use of participatory maps in research. It outlines the benefits of using this approach and provides a range of practical tips for its successful implementation.


  • Research questions
  • Adding to the conventional spoken interview
  • Individual and group interviews
  • Recording the mapping
  • Other practical considerations for the interview
  • The interview
  • Pacing the interview
  • Ethical considerations
  • Analysis and reporting findings


Emmel, N. University of Leeds, Real Life Methods. (2008). Participatory mapping: An innovative sociological method (Toolkit #03). Retrieved from website:

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