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.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Bijay Bharati
Project Coordinator
Dr. Kendra Nelson Ferguson
Post-Doctoral Associate
John Fleming, RPP, MCIP
Senior Research Associate
Adjunct Faculty, Geography (Western)
Dr. Louise McEachern
Post-Doctoral Associate
Dr. Shiran Zhong
Post-Doctoral Associate
Catherine Reining
Project Coordinator
Alexander "AJ" Wray
ParkSeek Coordinator
Kathy Tang
GIS Analyst
Dr. Paul van der Werf
Senior Research Associate
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography (Western)
Judith Thomas
Office Assistant
Julia Pham
Research Associate

FACULTY ASSOCIATES

Dr. Godwin Arku
Associate Professor
Geography (Western)
Dr. Stephanie Coen
Associate Professor
Geography (University of Nottingham) Adjunct Faculty, Geography (Western)
Dr. Sean Doherty
Professor
Geography & Environmental Studies (Laurier)
Dr. Christina Ergler
Lecturer
Geography (University of Otago)
John Fleming, RPP, MCIP
Senior Research Associate
Adjunct Faculty, Geography (Western)
Dr. Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala
Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Western)
Dr. Don Lafreniere
Associate Professor
Geography & GIS (Michigan Tech)
Dr. Jin Lee
Assistant Professor
Geography (Western)
Dr. Janet Loebach
Assistant Professor
Design and Environmental Analysis (Cornell University)
Dr. Jed Long
Assistant Professor
Geography (Western)
Dr. Gina Martin
Assistant Professor
Athabasca University
Dr. Leia Minaker
Assistant Professor
Planning (Waterloo)
Dr. Colleen O’Connor
Associate Professor
Food & Nutritional Sciences (Brescia)
Dr. Daniel Rainham
Associate Professor
Health and Human Performance (Dalhousie University)
Dr. Richard 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. Saverio Stranges
Professor
Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Western University)
Dr. Trish Tucker
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy (Western)
Dr. Paul van der Werf
Senior Research Associate
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography (Western)
Dr. Nicole Yantzi
Associate Professor (LTA)
Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto Mississauga

GRADUATE STUDENT TRAINEES

Olivia Caruso
PhD Student
Nathaniel Frisbee
Master's Student
Josh Grignon
PhD Student
Shawna Lewkowitz
PhD Student
Alexander Morgenthaler
PhD Student
Emma Ostermeier
PhD Student
Catherine Reining
PhD Student
Holly Schaafsma
PhD Student
Tasha Roswell
Master's student
Nicolas Woods
PhD Student
Alexander "AJ" Wray
PhD Student

OTHER CURRENT TRAINEES

Marina Laic
Practicum Student
Jayme Burke
Practicum Student
Samantha Lotzkar
Practicum Student
Parsa Nasirian
Practicum Student