Professor, University of Waterloo - School of Planning

Photo of Dawn ParkerDawn Parker is a Professor in the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. She has ben actively involved in the development of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, serving previously as Associate Director and Director, and most recently leading efforts to develop a Canadian Network for Complex Systems. Her research focuses on the development of fine-scale models that link the drivers of land-use change and their socioeconomic and ecological impacts, with completed and ongoing projects on organic agriculture in California’s Central Valley, timber harvest and carbon sequestration in eastern deciduous forests in West Virginia, U.S.A., and the effects of HIV/AIDS on smallholder agricultural households in Uganda. Her most recent work focuses on residential landscapes, examining interactions between land markets, landscaping, and carbon sequestration in ex-urban landscapes, and modelling the co-evolution of urban transit networks and residential neighbourhoods via land and housing markets. Her areas of technical expertise include agent-based modelling, land-use and property market modelling, and environmental and resource economics.

She received her BA in economics from Lewis and Clark College and her PhD in agricultural and resource economics from University of California -  Davis. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in modelling with Elinor Ostrom at Indiana University. Previously to joining UWaterloo, she was a founding member of the Center for Social Complexity and Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University, U.S.A., where she served as director for the PhD program in computational social science. She is a fellow of the Global Land Project, serves on the editorial board of Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling and on the advisory board of the Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences. 

Dawn Parker's CV (PDF)

Project-related publications

Jin, Xiongbing; Robinson, Kirsten; Lee, Allen; Polhill, Gary; Pritchard, Calvin; Parker, Dawn

MIRACLE: A prototype cloud-based reproducible data analysis and visualization platform for outputs of agent-based models

In: Submitted for review, 2016.

Parker, Dawn; Filatova, Tatiana; Barton, Michael; Dawson, Terry; Polhill, Gary; Milazzo, Lorenzo; Lee, Allen; Lee, Ju-Sung; Voinov, Alexey; Robinson, Kirsten; Jin, Xiongbing; Pritchard, Calvin


2016 "Round Three" Digging into Data Challenge Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2016.

Parker, Dawn; Barton, Michael; Dawson, Terry; Filatova, Tatiana; Jin, Xiongbing; Lee, Allen; Lee, Ju-Sung; Milazzo, Lorenzo; Pritchard, Calvin; Polhill, Gary; Robinson, Kirsten; Voinov, Alexey

The MIRACLE project: Cyber infrastructure for visualizing model outputs 


Parker, Dawn; Filatova, Tatiana; Huang, Yu; Huang, Qingxu; Jin, Xiongbing

The implications of land-market representation for the interpretation of empirical land-use change models

Paper presented at the Advancing Metropolitan Modeling Conference, Riverside, CA, 2015.

Parkin, Margaret; Stubbs, David; Hang, Virginia; Parker, Dawn; Casello, Jeff; Moos, Markus; Jin, Xiongbing; Babin, Robert; Fard, Pedram; Huang, Yu; Pi, Xinyue; Tamer, Filiz; Yeung, Kevin

Central Transit Corridor Monitoring Program, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Baseline Monitoring Report

Region of Waterloo Waterloo, ON, Canada, 2015.

Parker, Dawn; Jin, Xiongbing; Babin, Robert; Yeung, Kevin; Antanaitis, Andre

A Prototype Integrated Residential Land-Use and Transportation Model: the Waterloo Region Model (WARM) Conference

Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications, Toronto, Canada, 2014.

Jin, Xiongbing; Parker, Dawn; Casello, Jeff; Babin, Robert; Yeung, Kevin

Developing a vector-based land market model

The Association of American Geographers annual conference, Tampa, FL, 2014.

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