The GIS2 group

The Geographic Information Science and Systems (GIS2) group at TMU (Ryerson) consists of myself and the graduate and undergraduate students as well as research professionals, whom I supervise at any given time. We study and develop theory, methods, tools, and applications for geospatial data analysis, decision support and participatory mapping. We are also heavily involved in reassessing the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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

  • Transparency and shared responsibility for sustainable post-pandemic recovery and evidence-informed decision-making during future global emergencies – RECOVER19. New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), 2022 Special Call, 2023-2025.
  • 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 2024).
  • 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 Addiction and Mental Health).

GIS2 at TMU/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.