Urban Studies

Cities are confusing places: in some locales, we find rapid economic growth, with an infusion of firms and high-paying jobs; in others, we find clusters of dilapidated housing and high crime rates. The range of issues across the social and economic landscape is also perplexing. What causes these phenomena to occur? Urban Studies research focuses on phenomenon and societal issues in the context of cities. The research topics include urban development, urban land and real estate economics, urban morphology, planning, housing, health, history, culture and geomatics. Current projects by members of the Department of Geography and Environment include research on: recent decline in the downtown quaternary functions in North American cities; spatial demographics of educational demand; urban opportunities for youth gambling; urban environmental influences on childhood obesity; geographic studies of paediatric trauma; urban forms for seniors' independence and mobility; property acquisition and social mobility; spatial patterning of urban crime; geographies of personal networks; urban demographics and housing choices; uncertainty and household mobility; and the Imag(in)ing London historical GIS project.

Find Faculty Supervisors in this Area:

Godwin Arku

Godwin Arku

Associate Professor
Western Faculty Scholar
garku@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85343
Room 2427, SSC

Research Areas
Housing and economic development; Urban development and policy analysis; Regional and local economic development policy and planning; Third World development issues (esp. Africa)

Teaching
People, Places and Landscapes; Urban Development; Urban Economic Development; Urban Geography of the Developing World


Jamie Baxter

Jamie Baxter

Professor
Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)
jamie.baxter@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 81241
Room 1407, SSC

Research Areas
Social construction of risk, community responses to technological hazards, renewable energy policy, noxious facility siting, and methodology

Teaching
Environmental Hazards & Human Health; Qualitative Methods; Research Design, Environment, Economy and Society


Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli

Associate Professor
Western Teaching Fellow
mbuzzell@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85329
Room 2429, SSC

Research Areas
Higher education policy, research on teaching and learning, society-space relationships with a focus on housing, health and GIS

Teaching
Housing, The Geoweb & Geomedia, Research Design and Methodology


Jason Gilliland

Jason Gilliland

Professor
Director, Urban Development Program
Cross Appointed with School of Health Studies and the Department of Paediatrics
jgillila@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 81239
Room 2432, SSC

Research Areas
Urban studies, health geography, children's environments, GIS

Teaching
Land Use and Development Issues; Graduate Seminar in Urban Geography; Advanced Urban Social Geography


Jeff Hopkins

Jeff Hopkins

Associate Professor
Graduate Chair
jhopkins@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85027
Room 2423, SSC

Research Areas
Cultural geography, gender, public places

Teaching
Social Geography; Urban Culture; Cultural Geography; Geography of Gender; Advanced Cultural Geography


Jinhyung Lee

Jin Lee

Assistant Professor
jinhyung.lee@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85025
Room 2413, SSC

Research Areas
GIScience, GeoAI, spatial data science, transport geography, mobility/accessibility analytics, urban studies

Teaching
GIScience, transport geography


Agnieszka Leszczynski

Agnieszka Leszczynski

Assistant Professor
aleszczy@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 80161
Room 2425, SSC

Research Areas
Digital geographies, platforms and cities, digital location/geolocation, GIScience & Society

Teaching
Geographic Information Science; Digital Geographies


Isaac Luginaah

Isaac Luginaah

Professor
Sabbatical January 1 - June 30, 2021
iluginaa@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 86944
Room 1409, SSC

Research Areas
Environment and health, air pollution, GIS and health, HIV/AIDS

Teaching
Geography of Health and Health Care; Environment and Health; Advanced Studies in Environment, Development & Health


Jacek Malczewski

Jacek Malczewski

Professor
jmalczew@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85030
Room 2422, SSC

Research Areas
Quantitative methods, multicriteria decision analysis, location theory and analysis, geographic information science, spatial decision support systems

Teaching
Introduction to Spatial Analysis; Spatial Statistics; Decision-making with GIS; Thesis; Introduction to GIS (Graduate); Advanced Spatial Analysis (Graduate)


Jinfei Wang

Jinfei Wang

Professor
jfwang@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85017
Room 2402, SSC

Research Areas
Remote sensing and GIS

Teaching
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Remote Sensing; Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Graduate); Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis (Graduate)