Geographic Information Science


Quantitative geographical analyses within the Department cover a range of fundamental issues, from core GIScience issues such as the study of error and accuracy in GIS and remote sensing to advanced spatial analysis and species distribution and ecosystem modelling, health geography/medical biogeography, data visualization, cognition, and PPGIS. Faculty members are involved in the UBC Remote Sensing and GIS Council and are associated with the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Research projects in The Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis (LASA) currently include sensing studies of African elephant movement, an analysis of yellow-cedar die-back, data mining of Mexican election results, and the social geography of the Geoweb. Other faculty and student projects focus on measuring trajectories of inner-city neighbourhood change in Vancouver and other Canadian cities, modeling the spatial imprint of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 on U.S. cities, and analyzing the relations between changes in local socio-spatial inequality and the rise of a globally-recognized “Vancouver model” of urban planning and design.

Faculty working on Geographic Information Science

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in GIS, Geospatial Big Data and Digital Geohumanities

What kind of computation for what kind of geography? This question animates many of my inquiries into economic geography, nature-society relations, globalization, China, and sociospatial theory.

Professor of Teaching

My main area of interest is Geographic Data Visualization, and I teach courses in Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing. I work on collaborative research projects that use GIS to visualize environmental history and I undertake research on the evolution of the teaching of cartography in academia, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


My work focuses on advanced spatial analysis in the physical, health and social sciences, and in the intersection of these areas (e.g., medical biogeography and Geographic Information Science).


I study the interplay between market processes and public policy in the production of urban social inequality. Current research projects focus on the racialized dynamics of capital investment and disinvestment in U.S. cities, evolving trajectories of gentrification, histories of epistemology in urban geography, and the urban implications of mass social networking practices.