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Geospatial Ethics Research and Practice Group

Informed by the Jesuit, Catholic mission of Saint Louis University, GeoSLU places the utmost importance on the ethical dimension of geospatial technologies.

Geospatial mapping technologies have tremendous potential for the common good. But without ethical reflection and wisdom, the same technologies can lead to great harm — some intended, some simply the result of narrowly or poorly conceived projects. Consequently, GeoSLU’s Geospatial Ethics Research and Practice Group has been assembled with the express mission of scrutinizing geospatial technologies and practices for their ethical quality, in a manner consistent with SLU’s commitment to justice and the common good.


Enbal Shacham (Co-lead)
Enbal Shacham

Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education
College for Public Health and Social Justice>
Director; Ph.D. in Public Health Studies program
Faculty Co-Lead, Geospatial Institute at Saint Louis University (GeoSLU)

Michael Rozier (Co-lead)

Michael Rozier, S.J., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
College for Public Health and Social Justice
EthicalGEO Fellow; American Geographical Society

Harold Braswell

Harold Braswell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health Care Ethics
Director of Undergraduate Major and Minor
Coordinator of Potential Undergraduate Major
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
College of Arts & Sciences
Bicentennial Fellow

Robert Cardillo

Robert Cardillo
Distinguished Geospatial Fellow, Saint Louis University

James Fischer

James Fischer, Ph.D.
Chaifetz School of Business
Emerson Ethics Fellow
Emerson Leadership Institute

Carol Needham

Carol A. Needham, J.D.
Emanuel Myers Professor
Center for International and Comparative Law
School of Law

Bill Rehg

Bill Rehg, S.J., Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy
Dean, College of Philosophy and Letters

Abby Stylianou

Abby Stylianou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
College of Arts & Sciences

Past Events

GeoSLU Speaker Series: Robert Cardillo Presents, "The Machines Are Watching Us; Who's Watching the Machines?"

At this inaugural installment of the GeoSLU Speaker Series, Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and distinguished geospatial fellow at Saint Louis University, reflected on the ethical aspects of emerging geospatial technologies.

Following his comments, Cardillo continued the conversation with a panel discussion featuring:

  • Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., Professor of Public Health at SLU, Associate Director of GeoSLU
  • Todd Bacastow, Senior Director, Strategic Growth and Emerging Technologies, Maxar Technologies
  • Tom Ingold, VP of Customer Success and Post Sales Engineering, Planet
  • Chris Collins, S.J., Assistant to the President, Mission and Identity, Saint Louis University

The event can be viewed in its entirety below.