Honours Thesis courses

JEG417Y5: Honours Thesis

This course is designed to give students experience in the design and execution of an independent senior thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

In order to register in the course, students must obtain approval from a supervisor, complete an application form and submit the form to the Academic Consoler. This course may fulfill field day components. Please consult with your supervisor. 

Review the available topic areas and supervisors below:


Each year, we present the Best Thesis Award to the student with the best honours thesis.

Our past award winners

2019 Best Thesis Award Winner
2019 Best Thesis Award
Recipient: Melanie Maddix
Presenter: Joe Leydon
2020 Best Thesis Award Winner
2020 Best Thesis Award
Recipient: Zoe Bedford

2021-22 Faculty Supervisors and Topic Areas

Dr. Matthew Adams

  • Air Pollution
  • Urban Pollution — Water, Air and Soil
  • Exposure Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Web Cartography

Dr. Laurel Besco

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Aviation and Climate Change Policy
  • Sustainability Management

Dr. Laura Brown

  • Lake Ice and Climate Interactions
  • Climate Variability
  • Remote Sensing of Snow and Ice

Dr. Buliung

  • Disability and Transport Planning
  • Disability and Access to Education

Dr.  Tenley Conway

  • Urban Environmental Policy
  • Green Infrastructure and Residents
  • Urban Forest Govenence

Dr. Pierre Desrochers

  • Economic Development
  • Technological Innovation
  • Business-Environment Interface
  • Energy Policy
  • History of Geographic Thought
  • Food Policy                

Dr. Tim Duval

  • Urban Riparian Zone Soil Dynamics
  • Urban Stream-Riparian Zone Hydrological Interactions

Dr. Monika Havelka

  • Forest Ecology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Permaculture
  • Environmental Education  

Dr. Yuhong He

  • Forest and Grassland Mapping, Endangered and Invasive Species Detection, Change Detection

    Dr. Vincent Kuuire

    • Health Care Access
    • Environment and Health
    • Migration and Transnationalism

    Dr. Nicole Laliberte

    • Social / Cultural Geographies
    • Feminist Geographies
    • Geopolitical Analysis
    • Peace and Conflict
    • Social Justice / Human Rights
    • Participatory / Community-based Research

    Dr. Igor Lehnherr

    • Mercury Pollution (in air, water and soils)
    • Water Quality in Lakes and Streams
    • Carbon Cycling and Greenhouse Gases in Freshwater Ecosystems

    Dr. Joseph Leydon

    • Geography of Retail and Marketing
    • Population Geography
    • Geographic Literacy
    • Geo-Political Analysis
    • Geographic Education

    Dr. Damian Maddalena

    • Agricultural Sustainability and Climate Change
    • Phenology
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Standards
    • Market and Policy Lane Use Impact Mitigation Strategies
    • Open Source GIS

    Dr. Andrea Olive

    • Wildlife Conservation
    • Species at Risk
    • Biodiversity Loss
    • Grasslands

    Dr. Trevor Porter

    • Tree-rings and Climate in the Northern Boreal Forest

    Dr. Alan Walks

    • Urban Geography
    • Immigration and Housing
    • Gentrification
    • Social Housing Redevelopment
    • Housing Finance
    • Gated Communities

    Dr. Jue Wang

    • Geographic Information Science
    • Spatial Analysis
    • Environmental Exposure Studies
    • Health Geography
    • Geoprivacy and Spatial Confidentiality

    Dr. Kathi Wilson

    • Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake among Immigrant and Racialized Populations in Peel
    • Immigration and Health; Chronic Inflammatory Conditions among South Asian Populations in the GTA
    • Rural Migration as a Solution to Immigrant Un/Underemployment in the GTA

    Dr. Tingting Zhu

    • Geographic Information System
    • Spatial Data Science
    • Climate Change Mitigation
    • Remote Sensing in Water and Ecosystem