The GIS2 group

The Geographic Information Science and Systems (GIS2) group at Ryerson University consists of myself and the graduate and undergraduate students I supervise. We study and develop theory, methods, tools, and applications of geospatial decision support and participatory mapping. More details and a list of current students and alumni can be found on my homepage at

The GIS2 group is supported by an NSERC research grant and was also involved in SSHRC- and CIHR-funded research:

  • Location, Time, and Scale in GIS-Based Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis – Advancing the Agenda. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Discovery Grant, 2016-2021 (extended to 2023).
  • How the Geospatial Web 2.0 is Reshaping Government-Citizen Interactions. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Partnership Grant, 2013-2018. Principal investigator Dr. Renee Sieber (McGill University).
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Place-Based Policy-Making: Evaluating Toronto’s Neighbourhood Wellbeing Indices. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, 2012-2014 (extended to 2015).
  • The Local News Project: Journalism, Geography and Urban Discourse in the Greater Toronto Area. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant 2011-2014 (extended to 2015). Principal investigator Prof. April Lindgren (Ryerson University).
  • Strategic Training Program: The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research, 2009-2015. Principal investigator Dr. Kwame McKenzie (Centre for Addication and Mental Health).

GIS2 at Ryerson is part of “Geo for All” (, the OSGeo-ICA-ISPRS network of labs dedicated to the promotion of open-source GIS software and open geospatial data.