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Peter Johnson

Assistant Professor

Peter joined GEM in 2012 having been a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. His 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. Recent projects have focused on understanding the value of government open data, the integration of volunteered geographic information in government, Geoweb platform development, and mobile application testing and evaluation.

For more information, visit Peter Johnson's personal website.

Room EV1-236 | Ext. 33078 | email peter.johnson@uwaterloo.ca

W2015 Office hours: N/A


Key Areas of Graduate Supervision

The Geoweb, open data, mobile technology, public participation GIS, community-based geomatics, geospatial technology in planning and government.

Recent Courses Taught

GEOG 165: Computer Cartography: Principles and Design
GEOG
187: Problem Solving in Geomatics
GEOG 381: Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 483/683: The Geoweb and Location-Based Services

Research Interests

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. As location-based technology untethers communications from the traditional spaces of home, work, and play, there is a vital need for critical reflection. My research evaluates the affordances that geospatial technology creates for communications and information sharing, identifying emergent adoption challenges and constraints.

Recent Publications

  • In Community Participatory Geoweb Projects. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies In Press. Johnson, P. A., Corbett, J., Gore, C., Robinson, P., Allen, P., & Sieber, R.E. A Web of Expectations: Evolving Relationships.
  • 2014. Johnson, P. A. & Robinson, P.J. Civic Hackathons: Innovation, Procurement, or Civic Engagement? Review of Policy Research. 31(4), 349-357.
  • 2014. Pons-Pons, M., Johnson, P. A., Rosas-Casals, M., & Jover, E. A georeferenced Agent Based Model to analyze the climate change impacts on ski tourism at a regional scale. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
  • 2014. Scott, D., Steiger, R., Rutty, M. & Johnson, P.A. The Future of the Olympic Winter Games in an Era of Climate Change. Current Issues in Tourism.
  • 2014. Rutty, M., Scott, D., Steiger, R., & Johnson, P.A. Weather risk management at the Olympic Winter Games. Current Issues in Tourism.
  • 2013. Ricker, B.A., Johnson, P.A., & Sieber, R.E. Tourism and environmental change in Barbados: gathering citizen perspectives with volunteered geographic information (VGI). The Journal of Sustainable Tourism 21(2), 212-228.
  • 2013. Johnson, P. A. & Sieber, R. E. Situating the adoption of VGI by government. In D. Sui, S. Elwood and M. Goodchild (Eds.), Crowdsourcing Geographic Knowledge: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in Theory and Practice. Berlin: Springer. 65-81.
  • 2012. Pons-Pons, M., Johnson, P. A., Rosas-Casals, M., Sureda, B. & Jover, E. Modeling climate change effects on winter ski tourism in Andorra. Climate Research 54(3), 197-207.
  • 2012. Johnson, P. A. & Sieber, R. E. Increasing access to and use of geospatial data by municipal government and citizens: The process of ‘Geomatization’ in rural Quebec. Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) 24(2), 53-60.
  • 2012. Johnson, P. A., & Sieber, R. E. Motivations driving government adoption of the Geoweb. GeoJournal. 77(5), 667-680.
  • 2012. Johnson, P. A., Sieber, R.E., Ariwi, J., & Magnien, N., Mining the Web: User-generated content as a data source for tourism research. Current Issues in Tourism. 15(3), 293-299.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo