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Graduate Program in Spatial Analysis

The faculty members who supervise and teach in the Master of Spatial Analysis cover a wide range of expertise in geography and related disciplines, as well as applications of geographic information systems (GIS) in business, retail, real-estate, economics, conservation, environment, resource management, planning, policy, public health, crime analysis, and immigration and settlement, to name but a few fields.  

Faculty members are from the program's academic home, the Department of Geography , and from affiliated departments across campus. Feel free to contact individual professors from the following list through the Ryerson directory  or ask the MSA program director to make an initial contact.

Program Faculty Members (Department of Geography)

David Atkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
MES University of Waterloo, PhD Queen's University
Arctic biophysical systems, remote sensing, carbon flux, GIS and environmental analysis.

Douglas Banting, Professor, Department of Geography
PhD University of Western Ontario
Geographic analysis in the workplace; environmental applications of GIS; GIS and runoff modelling; greenroofs.

Michal Bardecki, Professor, Department of Geography
PhD York University
Environmental assessment and decision-making, economic valuation, cumulative impact management, media and the environment, geography of Las Vegas.

Harald Bauder, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
PhD Wilfred Laurier University
Social, cultural and economic geography; urban geography; geographic practice; critical geographies.

Brian Ceh, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography
PhD University of Western Ontario
Business and commercial geography, urban-economic studies, GIS, geo-quantitative analyses, retail and marketing geography, regional science and economic development.

Philip Coppack, Professor, Department of Geography
PhD University of Waterloo
GIS applications in geodemographic and recreation analysis, facilities location, business; Internet GIS applications; Economic and behavioral analysis of non-priced amenity environments and their role in recreation; Environmental perception and the creation of vernacular landscapes; Structure of the rural-urban fringe.

Wayne Forsythe, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
PhD University of Salzburg, Austria
Urban Change Detection, Geospatial Analysis of Sediment Contamination, Remote Sensing, GIS.

Sutama Ghosh, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
PhD York University
Urban social geography, immigration and settlement geography, transnationalism, 'race' and racism.

Tony Hernandez, Professor, Department of Geography, and Director, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity
PhD Manchester Metropolitan University, England
Retail location, business GIS, site research, location strategy, geodemographics.

Peter Kedron, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
PhD University at Buffalo
Economic Geography, Evolutionary Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Analysis, International Business: Foreign Direct Investment, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Environmental Justice

Anthony Lea, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography
PhD University of Toronto
Geodemography, socioeconomic and demographic correlates with behaviour, advanced site evaluation models, spatial interaction models, location-allocation models, spatial decision support tools and systems, shopping behaviour.

Andrew A. Millward, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
PhD University of Waterloo
GIS and remote sensing applications in disturbance ecology and urban forestry.

Claus Rinner, Associate Professor and MSA Program Director, Department of Geography
PhD University of Bonn, Germany
Geographic visualization, spatial decision support systems, participatory GIS, Web mapping, location-based services, geodata infrastructures, health and urban applications of GIS.

Stephen Swales, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
MA University of Calgary
Business and marketing geography, GIS, community vulnerability and adaptability to climate change.

Eric Vaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
PhD New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Spatial Analysis, Geographic Information Science, Complex Systems, Neogeography, Urban and Regional Geography, Spatial Decision Support Systems, Economic Geography, Business GIS, Information Management

Lu Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
PhD York University
GIS and consumption analysis, GIS and health, spatial accessibility modeling and visualization, geostatistics, immigration and settlement, retail internationalization.

Shuguang Wang, Professor, Department of Geography
PhD University of Alberta
Geography of urban retailing, GIS applications in the study of commercial activity, Ethnic economy, Economic geography of China.

Maurice Yeates, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity
PhD Northwestern University, FRSC
Spatial modeling, Business geomatics.



Program Faculty Members (Other Departments)

Marcos Escobar,Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
PhD University of Toronto
Financial mathematics, stochastic processes, dependence structures, time-spatial modelling, biostatistics.

Murtaza Haider, Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
PhD University of Toronto
Applied spatial econometrics, transportation demand forecasting, housing market analysis, and logistics management.

Songnian Li, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
PhD University of New Brunswick
Collaborative GIS and geographic visualization; spatial decision support systems (SDSS); Web-based and wireless mapping and GIS; spatiotemporal GIS.

Pamela Robinson, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning
PhD University of Toronto
Urban sustainability, environmental design, environmental planning, urban governance, public engagement and progressive pedagogy.

Sara K. Thompson, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
PhD University of Toronto
Spatial distribution and social ecology of violent crime; urban violence; social inequality

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Program-Related News

7-12 April 2014 – Four current MSA students and at least three MSA alumni are presenting at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Tampa, Florida. See Dr. Rinner’s GIS blog for details on all presentations by Geography department members.

16 March 2014 – Toronto’s Chief Planner tweeted about “Open data leads to new expressions of our beautiful city” referring to a map made by MSA student William Davis. William’s “map of every traffic signal in Toronto” was also featured in blogTO. Chief Planner tions by department members.  meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Tampa, Florida. See  and commented on in another 100+ tweets.

04 March 2014 – MSA faculty member Dr. Wayne Forsythe and his former student Grant McCartney (MSA ’11) published their research on “Investigating Forest Disturbance Using Landsat Data in the Nagagamisis Central Plateau, Ontario, Canada” in the Open Access journal ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

25 February 2014 – Alumni news: Kamal Paudel (MSA ’08) was cited in the Fall 2013 issue of ArcNorth News about the use of location analytics in conservation (p.17). The issue includes references to GIS applications across the business, environmental, and social/health fields of study available in the MSA program.

26 January 2014 – Alumni news: Congratulations to Stephen Young (MSA ’11) on his promotion to McDonald’s Canada’s national Director, Corporate Support Services & Spatial Research! Stephen’s geoanalytics team at McD also employs three other MSA grads.

25 November 2013 – Two inaugural Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA) Awards of Distinction were presented to Mary Grunstra and Adam McKay (MSA ’13) at the Department of Geography’s awards night. Click here for snapshot from the event.

13 November 2013 – Congrats to Lisa Bowman (MSA ’13) and MSA faculty member Dr. Eric Vaz, who published Lisa’s major research paper on regional coastal erosion processes in urban areas in the peer-reviewed open-access journal Land.

26 October 2013 – Two MSA students supervised by Profs W. Forsythe and S. Swales presented at the Joint CAGONT/ELDAAG conference this weekend. C. Hare (MSA ’13) presented research on spatial analysis of air pollution while C. Middleton (current MSA student) presented on GIS analysis of forest protected areas. For the third year in a row, an MSA student received a CAGONT Research Paper award. Congratulations to Colleen Middleton on her winning paper “The Use of Geographical Information System (GIS) Analysis to Delimit a Protected Area for Old-Growth Red Pine Forest in Wolf Lake, Temagami, Ontario, Canada”! Colleen also won CAGONT’s Master’s Presentation Award.

18 October 2013 – Congratulations to 22 new MSAs graduating at Ryerson Fall Convocation today!

12 September 2013 – MSA faculty member Dr. Lu Wang and her former student Wei Hu (MSA ’12) published their research on “Immigrant health, place effect and regional disparities in Canada” in the widely read scientific journal Social Science & Medicine.

27 August 2013 – Today was orientation day for more than twenty new MSA students starting the program next week. Fernando Ozuna (MSA ’05), senior manager with one of the major Canadian banks, spoke to the incoming class about the transferability of spatial analysis skills and the power of maps as decision support tools.

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