The GIS2 group

This blog documents research conducted by the Geographic Information Science and Systems (GIS2) group at Ryerson University. The core of the group are my students. Pending more information to be included here, a list of current students can be found on my homepage at under “Current students and alumni”.

The GIS2 group is supported by research grants from NSERC and SSHRC, and is also involved in CIHR-funded research:

  • Developing Spatially Explicit Methods to Enhance Geovisual Analytics and Decision Support. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Discovery Grant, 2011-2016
  • 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.