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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.

Lauren Cater

Lauren Cater

Doctoral Student

Lauren Cater is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at McGill. Her research interests are focused at the intersection of place, mobility and health. She is interested in how, why and where people move within and between places, the physical and social networks that are created by and facilitate this movement, and how mobility and networks can provide insight into the character and resilience of a given place and the health of its inhabitants.

Prior to coming to McGill, she studied History (BA: American University, DC), Global Studies (MA: London School of Economics/University of Leipzig), and Geography (MA: George Washington University).

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.

Emily Chen

Emily Chen

Honours Student

Emily Chen is an Honours Urban Systems Geography student under the supervision of Dr. Grant McKenzie in the Platial Analysis Lab. Her honours thesis will assess public response to COVID-19 using spatial analysis of urban mobility data, which encompasses her research interests at the intersection of socially impactful technology, human decision-making, and public health in urban environments. An avid traveler, she has spent her most recent summers studying Mandarin Chinese at Shantou University in China through a generous scholarship from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, exploring the dynamic urban changes taking place in Singapore and Malaysia through a field studies course supported by the McGill Faculty of Science and Department of Geography, and researching offshore wind farm project development as a project analyst at Energie Baden-Württemberg Asia Pacific through the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology Global Talent Internship program.

Jonah Levitt

Jonah Levitt

Honours Student

Jonah Levitt is a fourth-year Honours undergraduate student in the Department of Geography at McGill University. He majors in Urban Systems and minors in Jewish Studies. He is interested in the role of new micro-mobility technologies and their impact on different populations in urban areas. His undergraduate thesis will focus on comparing usage patterns of shared electric scooters across several American cities. Originally from Toronto, Jonah enjoys playing the drums and has held a map collection since he was a young child.