Members

Grant McKenzie

Grant McKenzie

Assistant Professor

Grant McKenzie is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University in Montréal, Canada where he leads the Platial Analysis Lab, an interdisciplinary research group that works at the intersection of data science and behavioural geography. Much of Dr. McKenzie’s work examines how human activities vary within and between local neighbourhoods and global communities. This has driven his applied interests in financial accessibility, geoprivacy, and micro-mobility services as well as the broader role that spatial data science plays at the intersection of information technologies and society.  Dr. McKenzie is a founding member of the Seattle-based start-up consultancy Spatial Development International and has worked as a data scientist and software developer for a range of NGOs and leading technology companies.

Mikael Brunila

Mikael Brunila

Doctoral Student

Mikael Brunila is a PhD student in Geography at McGill University. He graduated in 2017 as a Fulbright scholar from the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences program at Columbia University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minor subjects in Economics and Computer Science at the University of Helsinki in 2016. Brunila uses GIS, Bayesian inference and natural language processing to study semantic geographies in the sharing economy, governance through data science and machine learning as well as urban social movements. He previously worked as a journalist and has co-authored books on the far-right in Finland, on the implementation of zero tolerance politics against graffiti in Helsinki and on the political economy of the Internet. Brunila is also a member of the Urban Politics and Governance Lab lead by professor David Wachsmuth.

Hongyu Zhang

Hongyu Zhang

Doctoral Student

Hongyu Zhang is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at McGill University. He holds a MSc in Geography from Western University (2017) and a BES in Geomatics from the University of Waterloo (2015). Before joining the Platial Analysis Lab, he was an Engineering Support Specialist at Geotab. His research interest is Geographic Information Science.

Daniel Romm

Daniel Romm

Master's Student

Daniel Romm is a Masters student in Geography at McGill University, where he is researching free-floating micro-mobility systems using quantitative methods. Daniel has been studying free-floating micro-mobility systems using mostly qualitative methods for several years at the University of Toronto, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography in 2020.

Priyanka Verma

Priyanka Verma

Doctoral Student

Priyanka Verma is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at McGill University. Her research leverages GIS and machine learning techniques to study socioeconomic inequities in existing shared micro-mobility service networks. She received her M.Sc. in Geographical Information Science from Clark University where she developed automated workflows to expand access to map comparison metrics. Prior to this, she worked as a Data Analyst (GIS) at Foot Locker, Inc. supporting market planning, real estate, and supply chain efforts. She also holds a B.A. in Geography from City University of New York-Hunter College.

Elodie Ithier

Elodie Ithier

Research Assistant

Elodie Ithier is in her final semester as an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Urban Studies and Statistics at McGill University. She has previously held internships at a geospatial startup and at Apple where she worked with the Maps team. Her interests also cover the development of African and Asian cities where she studies the use of urban tech and their impact on democracy and city planning. Elodie’s research with the lab focuses on geoprivacy where she uses statistical methods and natural language processing to assess the geo-indicativeness of text data.

Collaborating Labs

Collaborating Labs

We are part of a wide network of emerging and established urban and spatial analysis labs across the world.

Alumni

Jonah Levitt

Jonah Levitt

Honours Student
Emily Chen

Emily Chen

Honours Student
Myeong Lee

Myeong Lee

Doctoral Student