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

  • 2022 - Tiffany Cao, Carolyne Qiang
  • 2021 - Lauren Ead
  • 2020 - Zoe Bedford
  • 2019 - Melanie Maddix

2023-24 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. Tenley Conway

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

Dr. Pierre Desrochers

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

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
  • Open Source GIS

Dr. Praneeta Mudliar

  • Commons and collective action
  • Climate justice
  • Decolonizing conservation

Dr. Andrea Olive

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

Dr. Trevor Porter

  • Natural indicators of Arctic change
  • Changes in wildfire through the Holocene
  • Tree-ring-based records of atmospheric mercury
  • Paleoclimate change recorded in relict permafrost

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

  • Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Immigrant and Racialized Populations in Peel Region
  • Structural factors affecting vaccine uptake during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The role of technology in shaping access to health care during pandemic times
  • Rural Migration as a Solution to Immigrant Un/Underemployment in the GTA
  • Understanding the settlement experiences of foreign-trained physicians in Canada

Dr. Tingting Zhu

  • Geographic Information System
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Sustainability and GIS Education