Jeff Hopkins

Associate Professor

Jeff Hopkins

Contact Information

Office: Room 2423, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85027

Research Areas

I am not accepting graduate students at this time.
Cultural geography, gender, public places

Research Interests

I am interested in the many cultural conflicts that arise between people over the use, design, control, representation and identity of places. My study of both the material (physical) and immaterial (social, symbolic) aspects of Western Landscapes focuses on four inter-related themes:

  1. Public Places - indoor/underground cities, public libraries, shopping malls, tourist sites;
  2. Symbolic Landscapes - advertisements, film;
  3. Cultural Studies - consumption, cultural politics, postmodernism, semiotics, space;
  4. Gender - masculinities.


GEO 1400 – Introduction to the Human Environment
GEO 3416 - Urban Culture

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students

  • W. Kinghorn (2018), The place making processes underlying the creation, perpetuation and management of Heritage Conservation Districts
  • Y. Li (2000), A phenomenological study of tourists' travel experiences

Masters Students

  • C. Welch (Current) Food Consumption Practices of Western University Social Science Students by Gender
  • K. Unger-Basappa (2023) Syrian Refugee Place Attachment and Place Making in Ottawa, ON
  • B. Davey (joint-supervised) (2022) (Un)Contained Breasts: A Phenomenological Analysis of Flesh, Femininity and Feelings
  • S. Mchenry (2018) The Changing Spaces of Racialized Contestation in Brampton, Ontario; A Multimedia analysis
  • J. Campbell (2017) Exploring Factors Influencing Children's use of a Free Recreation Access Pass: Does Geography Matter?
  • M. Milczarek (2012) Emotional Geographies of Home: Place Identities Among Senior Women Residing in a Long-Term Care Facility
  • V. Munro (2005) Spaces of female friendship
  • G. Howard (2005) Seasonal variation in residents' lived geographies in a tourist town: Stratford, Ontario
  • M. Feehely (2003) Investigating heteropatriarchy in the landscape: A hidden beach at Grand Bend, Ontario


Chapters in Books

Fellman, J.D., Getis, A., Getis, J., Shrubsole, D. and Hopkins, J. (2010). Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, (Canadian Edition). McGraw-Hill:Whitby.