My name is Peter Johnson, and I am an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. My research seeks to understand how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, the geoweb, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing.

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I am always looking for motivated students interested in a variety of geospatial technology projects to join my team. If you are interested in working with me, please read this information first.

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Current Graduate Students (listed by start date)


Zarin Tasnim Khan, MES student



ZarinZarin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been involved with the open source geospatial group of Bangladesh and provided training to different projects for open source data collection and data visualization techniques. Her research focuses on analyzing how governments are incorporating citizen contribution through open government initiatives, along with the challenges and opportunities.

Jaydeep Mistry, MES student



JaydeepJaydeep completed his honours degree in Geomatics at the University of Waterloo. His current research focuses on the use of open data in the technology start up sector.



Veronika Jorz, MES student


veronikaVeronika completed joint honours in Anthropology and Geography and Environmental Management as well as a minor in Classical Studies. She wrote her honours thesis on hunting and the use of firearms in the Franklin Expedition, where she attempted to shed some light on the reason behind the disastrous fate that befell this 19th century Arctic expedition. Apart from her keen interest in archaeology, history and past cultures, she is also quite fascinated by computers and GIS. Her current research is focused on open aerial mapping and the challenges and opportunities it presents.


Simone Philpot, PhD student


Twitter: @simonephilpot

Simonewebsite imageI am a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.  In my research I aim to develop and evaluate a Decision Support System for use in water management.  This project allows me to explore my interests in water management, geomatics, and the interface between society and technology in a meaningful, solution oriented fashion.  My other interests include social resilience and sustainability, systems approaches, sedimentology, and the philosophy of science.

My past research has been in the field of archaeology. Following Undergraduate studies at Trent University, Peterborough, I completed a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary studies at Concordia University, Montreal.  During my MA I examined the role of water management at an ancient Maya site, focusing on methodology, interdisciplinary research, and the role of water management in social change.  I hope to build upon this base to develop innovative solutions to contemporary water challenges.

~Alumni (program, completion)~

Carolyn McCormick (MES, 2017)
Zhiwei Yan (undergraduate honours, 2017)
Weiya Ye (undergraduate honours, 2017)
Chen Chen (MES, 2017)
Mingyu Liu (MA – MRP, 2016)
Qing (Lucy) Lu (MES, 2016)
Sara Harrison (MES, 2016)
Brenda Lo (MA- MRP, 2016)
Shengfeng Deng (undergraduate honours, 2015)
Zhibin Zheng (undergraduate honours, 2015)
Xia Liu (undergraduate honours, 2015)
Mingyu Liu (undergraduate honours, 2015)
Jonathan Van Dusen (undergraduate honours, 2015)
Alex Smith (undergraduate honours, 2015)
Andrea Minano (MSc, 2015)
Carlos Pinzon (MES – MRP, 2014)
Stephanie Piper (undergraduate honours, 2014)
Qing (Lucy) Liu (undergraduate honours, 2014)
Jingwen Huang (undergraduate honours, 2013)
Chen Chen (undergraduate honours, 2013)
Bingjie Wei (undergraduate honours, 2013)

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Research on GIS, Open Data, and Mobile Technology, supervised by Peter A. Johnson at the University of Waterloo

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