Meet the Team

DIRECTOR

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Dr. Jason Gilliland
Director
Dr. Gilliland is an award-winning teacher and researcher who is known internationally for his research on urban planning and public health issues. In 2012 he was awarded the title of “Faculty Scholar” at Western for “sustained excellence in all scholarly activities”. In 2009 he was recognized with a prestigious award from the Canadian Association of Geographers for significant research achievement by an early career scholar for his contribution to research on “children in the city”, and in 2012 he was honored with the ESRI Canada Award for Excellence in GIS for “innovation in the field of Geographic Information Systems” for his child health atlas. He is a multiple winner of Western University Students’ Council Teaching Excellence Award.

POST-DOCTORAL STAFF

Dr. Andrew Clark
Senior Project Coordinator
Andrew Clark is a researcher interested in understanding how the individual, social, and built environments influence the ability to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Dr. Stephanie Coen
Post-Doctoral Associate
Stephanie Coen is a critical health geographer interested in how everyday social and material contexts matter for health and health equity.
Dr. Tayyab Ikram Shah
Post-Doctoral Associate
Tayyab Shah is a broadly trained Human Geographer with interests in analyzing geographic accessibility to health care resources, locating health services and facilities mapping.

STAFF

Mohammad El-Bagdady
Lab Manager & Research Associate
Karen Stewart Kirk
Research Associate
Kathy Tang
GIS Analyst
Kate Schieman
Research Associate
Katherine Wilson
Research Associate

FACULTY ASSOCIATES

Dr. Godwin Arku
Associate Professor
Geography (Western)
Dr. Sean Doherty
Professor
Geography & Environmental Studies (Laurier)
Dr. Don Lafreniere
Associate Professor
Geography & GIS (Michigan Tech)
Dr. Leia Minaker
Assistant Professor
Planning (Waterloo)
Dr. Colleen O’Connor
Associate Professor
Food & Nutritional Sciences (Brescia)
Dr. Rick Sadler
Assistant Professor
College of Human Medicine (Michigan State)
Dr. Jamie Seabrook
Associate Professor
Food & Nutritional Sciences (Brescia)
Dr. Bonnie Simpson
Assistant Professor
Management & Organizational Studies (Western)
Dr. Piotr Wilk
Associate Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Western)

GRADUATE TRAINEES

Drew Bowman
Master's Student
Rachel Brown
Master's Student
Brenton Button
PhD Student
Paige Colley
PhD Student
Martin Healy
PhD Candidate
Justine Horne
PhD Candidate
Mariam Ismail
PhD Student
Oluwatomilola Ladele
Master's Student
Malcolm Little
Master's Student
Alina Medeiros
Master's Student
Emma Ostermeier
Master's Student
Angela Piaskoski
Master's Student
Sylvia Rinaldi
PhD Candidate
Paul van der Werf
PhD Candidate
Nicolas Craig Joel Woods
Master's Student
Alexander Wray
Master's Student
Bianca Rosa Ziegler
Master's Student

OTHER CURRENT TRAINEES

Ahad Mahmood
High School Intern
Krishna Arunkumar
High School Intern
Suraj Paul
High School Intern
Maria Mikaela Bata
Undergraduate Work-Study Student
Joycelyn Huynh
Undergraduate Work-Study Student
Madona Gergis
Undergraduate Work-Study Student