There is a growing body of work in geography and sociology on the impact of drones on
warfare, surveillance and civil protest. This paper assesses the challenges of using drones
for teaching human geography and spatial social sciences. Affordable and expensive
drones are now available in the market place; however, there has been next to no
reflection on how drones might impact upon the social sciences as a research tool. Yet,
unmanned flying vehicles pose some profound possibilities for social and cultural
inquiry and aerial data collection.