Dr Kenneth Field moved to the U.S. and joined Esri as Senior Cartographic Product Engineer in 2011 after 20 years as a University Lecturer in the UK. He was formerly Principal Lecturer at Kingston University London where he was Course Director for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Centre for GIS. A graduate of Oxford Polytechnic's cartography degree programme, he has spent his career to date enthusing on cartographic design and production. He has presented papers, keynotes and workshops at over 100 conferences worldwide, published about 50 papers and book chapters and is the current Editor of The Cartographic Journal, Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design and a member of the ICA Publications Committee and the UK Cartographic Committee. He is a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society, Higher Education Academy and Royal Geographic Society and a Chartered Geographer (GIS).
His original cartographic work includes a number of large format special purpose maps, interactive and web-maps which have received over a dozen international awards; he has also tutored award winning student work and received awards for pedagogy. Ken's current work at Esri is in cartographic research and development as part of the Map Authoring team developing the next generation of mapping tools. He focusses on developing techniques to support the creation and use of high quality mapping through the use of GIS technologies, to develop new cartographic approaches that respond to the potential afforded by new and emerging technologies and to evangelize the importance of cartography as a fundamental component of information communication.