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Faculty Research

Dr. Eric Vaz has recently founded the centre 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]

Upcoming Events

Annual Awards Ceremony

The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies requests the pleasure of your company at the Annul Awards Presentation Ceremony and Celebration.
  • WHAT:
    Annual Awards Ceremony
  • DATE:
    November 05 2014
  • TIME:
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Ryerson University
    POD 250
    Podium Building, 2nd Floor
  • OPEN TO:
    By invitation
    RSVP by October 27,2014 to

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News & Announcements

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, 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 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.

Congratulations to Dr. Shuguang Wang

The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Shuguang Wang on his recently published book titled China’s New Retails Economy: A Geographic Perspective. This book is written to achieve three broad objectives. First, it provides a comprehensive assessment of the changes in consumption patterns in China, the current size of the Chinese consumer market, and the regional variations. Second, it presents an interpretation of the changes in the country’s regulatory system and the corresponding policy initiatives, including the new state spatial strategies devised after its admission to the WTO. Third, it delivers a systematic analysis of the transformation of China’s retail sector. Complete details of the publication can be found here.

Alumni recognized for Excellence

The Joint Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division (CAGONT) / East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers (ELDAAG) 2013 Annual Meeting was held from October 25-26, 2013 at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Current Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA) student and Geographic Analysis alumni Colleen Middleton received a Master’s Presentation Award for her presentation:

“The Use of GIS Analysis to Delimit a Protected Area of Old-Growth Red Pine Forest in Wolf Lake, Temagami, Ontario, Canada”

She was also the recipient of the undergraduate paper award in the student paper competition.

Congratulations Colleen!

Geographic Analysis Student Makes a Splash with Global Flight Maps

A graduating Geographic Analysis and incoming Master of Spatial Analysis student, Michael Markieta, is making a splash in the UK and North-American media with his beautiful maps of global flight connectivity. The Toronto Star picked up the map images and noted “Ryerson student produces stunning images of every flight in the world. Our highly interconnected world becomes apparent in a project mapping all the flight paths on the planet”. [Read more] about this project.