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.
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
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.
- 2015. Johnson, P.A., Corbett, J., Gore, C., Robinson, P., Allen, P. and Sieber, R.E. A Web of Expectations: Evolving Relationships in Community Patricipatory Geoweb Projects. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 14(3).
- 2015. Sieber, R.E. and Johnson, P.A. Civic open data at a crossroads: Dominant models and current challenges. Government Information Quarterly. 32(3), 308-315.
- 2014. Johnson, P.A. and 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. and 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. 28(12), 2474-2494.
- 2014. Scott, D., Steiger, R., Rutty, M. and Johnson, P.A. The Future of the Olympic Winter Games in an Era of Climate Change. Current Issues in Tourism.
- 2013. Johnson, P.A and Sieber, R.E. Situating the adoption of VGI by government. In D. Sui, S. Elweood and M. Goodchile (Eds.), Crodsourcing Geographic Knowedge: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in Theory and Practice. Berlin: Springer. 65-81.
- 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.
- 2012. Johnson, P. A., & Sieber, R. E. Motivations driving government adoption of the Geoweb. GeoJournal. 77(5), 667-680.
- 2012. Beaudreau, P., Johnson, P.A. and Sieber, R.E. Strategic choices in developing a Geospatial Web 2.0 application for rural economic development. Journal of Rural and Community Development. 7(3), 95-105.
- 2011. Johnson, P.A. and Sieber, R.E. Negotiating constraints to the adoption of agent-based modeling for tourism planning in Nova Scotia. Environment and Planning B. 38(2), 307-321.