Léa Ravensbergen

Léa Ravensbergen

PhD Student Dr. Ron Buliung, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

The focus of my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science was on the Ecological Determinants of Health: Population. Under the dual supervision of Dr. Ron Buliung and Dr. Kathi Wilson, my Master’s research continued to focus on environment and health, examining socioeconomic discrepancies in children’s access to health resources. My doctoral research draws from feminist and critical mobilities theories to re-examine the gender gap in cycling in Toronto. I work in partnership with Bike Host, a community organization that matches newcomers to Canada with Toronto-based cyclists for the summer.

In short, my research interests include:

  • Cycling
  • Critical mobilities
  • Feminist urban geography
  • Embodiment
  • Health inequalities
  • Migration
  • GIS

Honours and Awards

  • 2019 Joseph A. May Scholarship
  • 2019-2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined)
  • 2019 UTM First Paper Award
  • 2018 Joseph A. May Scholarship
  • 2016-2019 Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2016 Jacques May Thesis Prize: Masters Level
    Presented to the top thesis submitted to the AAG’s Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
  • 2016 Master’s Thesis Award in Transportation Geography
    Presented to the top thesis submitted to the AAG’s Transportation Geography’s Specialty Group
  • 2015-2016 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology
  • 2014-2015 Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Masters Award
  • 2014-2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Declined.
  • 2015 RBC Scholarship
  • 2013 University of Toronto Fellowship & Tuition Award
  • 2012 Honours Research Candidate, McGill University, Department of Geography
    Title: Bicycle Path Quality Across Socially Contrasting Neighbourhoods in Montreal
    Supervised by Dr. Nancy Ross, Department of Geography


  • Ravensbergen, L., Buliung, R. & Laliberté, N. (2019) Toward Feminist Geographies of Cycling. Geography Compass, 1-24. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12461.
  • Ravensbergen, L., Javad, A., Buliung, R. & Faulkner, G. (2019). Voices from the Survey Margins: Investigating Informal Comments Left in Children's Activity-Travel Diaries. Journal of Travel Behaviour and Society, 16, 70-76.
  • Ravensbergen, L., Buliung, R., Mendonca, M. & Garg, N. (2018). Biking to Ride: Investigating the Challenges and Barriers of Integrating Cycling with Regional Rail Transit. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1(1): 1-10.
  • Fem-Mentee Collective:, Alison L. Bain, Rachael Baker, Nicole Laliberté, Alison Milan, William J. Payne, Léa Ravensbergen & Dima Saad. 2017. “Emotional masking and spillouts in the neoliberalized university: a feminist geographic perspective on mentorship.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education 4: 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2017.1331424
  • Ravensbergen, L., Buliung, R., Wilson, K., Faulkner, G. 2016. “Socioeconomic Inequalities in Children’s Accessibility to Food Retailing: Examining the Roles of Mobility and Time.” Social Science & Medicine 153: 81-89.
  • Ravensbergen, L., Buliung, R., Wilson, K., Faulkner, G. 2016. “Socioeconomic Discrepancies in Children’s Access to Physical Activity Facilities: An Activity Space Analysis.” The Transportation Research Records: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. DOI: 10.3141/2598-02
MA Thesis: Socioeconomic discrepancies in Children’s Accessibility to Health Promoting Resources: An Activity Space Analysis


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Ron Buliung


PhD Candidate - University of Toronto
MA Human Geography with collaborative specialization in Environment and Health – University of Toronto
HBSc Environmental Science – McGill University