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Department of Geography, Planning and Environment



CRAIG TOWNSEND, PhD Murdoch University; Associate Professor

Distinguished Professors Emeriti

BRIAN SLACK, PhD McGill University
PATRICIA THORNTON, PhD University of Aberdeen


PASCALE BIRON, PhD Université de Montréal; Professor
SEBASTIEN CAQUARD, PhD Université Jean Monnet de Saint‑Etienne; Professor
DAMON MATTHEWS, PhD University of Victoria; Professor; Provost’s Distinction
MONICA MULRENNAN, PhD University College Dublin; Professor
NORMA RANTISI, PhD University of Toronto; Professor

Associate Professors

BENGI AKBULUT, PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst; Associate Professor
SILVANO DE LA LLATA, PhD Cornell University; Associate Professor
PIERRE GAUTHIER, PhD McGill University; Associate Professor
KEVIN GOULD, PhD University of British Columbia; Associate Professor
JOCHEN JAEGER, Dr.Sc.Nat ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology); Associate Professor
NALINI MOHABIR, PhD University of Leeds; Associate Professor
TED RUTLAND, PhD University of British Columbia; Associate Professor
JEANNINE-MARIE ST. JACQUES, PhD Queen's University; Associate Professor
SARAH TURNER, PhD University of Calgary; Associate Professor

Assistant Professors

MARTIN DANYLUK, PhD University of Toronto; Assistant Professor
LEILA GHAFFARI, PhD Université du Québec à Montréal/Université de Tours; Assistant Professor
ANGELA KROSS, PhD McGill University; Assistant Professor
ALEXANDRA LESNIKOWSKI, PhD McGill University; Assistant Professor

Affiliate Assistant Professors

JENNIFER GARARD, PhD Technische Universität Berlin; Affiliate Assistant Professor
JENNIFER GOBBY, PhD McGill University; Affiliate Assistant Professor
AMY LUERS, PhD Stanford University; Affiliate Assistant Professor
ELISE OLMEDO, PhD Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne; Affiliate Assistant Professor
JULIE PODMORE, PhD McGill University; Affiliate Assistant Professor


Sir George Williams Campus


For the complete list of faculty members, please consult the Department website.

Department Objectives

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment focuses on the processes and practices of human intervention in the natural, cultural, and built environment. Human interventions are examined as cultural and political processes across the spectrum of biophysical settings and human settlements. The Department’s aim is to provide a systematic understanding of biogeophysical environmental processes and humanenvironment interactions as a step towards improving policies, practices, and specific interventions. The curriculum reflects a balance among theoretical, technical, and applied aspects, and promotes environmental and spatial awareness and literacy. The Department aims to train professional geographers, environmental scientists, and urban planners, as well as to produce articulate and informed graduates who are committed to improving the quality and sustainability of the natural, human, and built environment.

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