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Faculty Research

Dr. Eric Vaz has recently founded the Laboratory for Geocomputation at the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University. This centre is an innovative Canadian research initiative, counting with an international committee including many of the top scholars in their fields. [Read More]

Visiting Scholars/Graduate Students

Dr. Antonie Schmiz - View her profile here

News & Announcements


Congratulations to Eric

The department congratulates Eric for his paper "Modelling Innovation Support Systems for Regional Development - Analysis of Cluster Structures in Innovation in Portugal" being included in an online article collection featuring the most downloaded articles by Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08985626.2013.860193#.VNAzOVXF8_5


Congratulations to Faculty Members

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies congratulates the following faculty members on their SRC achievements and teaching performance:

  1. Andrew Millward is selected to receive the 2015 Ryerson Social Innovation & Action Award.
  2. Eric Vaz is selected to receive the 2014 (Faculty of Arts) Dean’s SRC Awards.
  3. Christopher Greene is selected to receive the 2014 (Faculty of Arts) Dean’s Teaching Awards.

The Ryerson Social Innovation & Action Award will be presented at the SRC Awards Luncheon on March 4, 2015, hosted by the Office of the Vice Present, Research and Innovation and the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

The Dean’s SRC and Teaching Awards will be presented at the Faculty of Arts Award Presentation on March 26.  

Field Studies Trip to Europe  

Geographic Analysis students participated on a field trip to Europe as part of the GEO 773 Field Studies course led by Wayne Forsythe, Stephen Swales and Peter Kedron. The trip was designed to expose students to a range of issues particular to Italy and Austria. Click here to see the video.

Turning City Parks into “Classrooms” with Mobile Application

The new app parktrees.ca, allows users to click on each tree in the database to learn about its key attributes and environmental benefits such the annual amount of carbon stored, air pollution removed and storm water runoff mitigation.

“City trees provide many tangible and intangible benefits to urban residents,” says Ryerson geography professor Andrew Millward, principal investigator with Ryerson’s Urban Forestry Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group. “Sustaining and enhancing this flow of benefits begins with awareness. We designed parktrees.ca to raise mindfulness of Toronto’s urban forest with the view that knowledge can be a bridge to engagement and stewardship.” [Read more] about this project.

Two New Faculty Members

We would like to welcome Dr. Claire Oswald and Dr. Richard Shaker to the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies. Dr. Oswald and Dr. Shaker will be teaching in the Environment and Urban Sustainability program and they are excited to be a part of this unique and dynamic field of study. Please join us in welcoming them to the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies.

For a brief biography, please click here. More information about their research interests, please go to the faculty page.