Grant McKenzie

Spatial Data Science / GIScience

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography

Office: Burnside Hall 613A
grant.mckenzie [at]
Platial Analysis Lab

Research interests

My research interests take a combined data-driven and theory-informed approach to better understand the concept of place, how it is defined, and the role it plays in our human environment. More specifically, I use place as a lens through which to study temporal, thematic, and geospatial variability in human activities. These interests have lead to projects focused on issues related to user-generated geo-content, location privacy, financial inclusion, and platial knowledge representation as well as the broader role that spatial data science plays at the intersection of information technologies and society.

Academic and professional background

  • PhD in Geography, UC Santa Barbara (2015)
  • M. App. Sci., University of Melbourne (2008)
  • BA Geography, University of British Columbia (2002)

Current projects

  • Scooter-pocalypse: Assessing the impact of electric scooter micro-mobility services
  • OpenPOI: An Open Place of Interest Platform
  • Financial Inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa

Select publications

  • McKenzie, G., Slind, R.T. (2019) A user-generated data based approach to enhancing location prediction of financial services in sub-Saharan Africa. Applied Geography. 105. 25-36. Elsevier.
  • McKenzie, G., Adams, B. (2018) A data-driven approach to exploring similarities of tourist attractions through online reviews. Journal of Location Based Services. Taylor & Francis.
  • McKenzie, G., Janowicz, K. (2017) ISED: Constructing a high-resolution elevation road dataset from massive, low-quality in-situ observations derived from geosocial fitness tracking data. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186474. [10.1371/journal.pone.0186474]
  • Keßler, C., McKenzie, G. (2017) A Geoprivacy Manifesto. Transactions in GIS. 22(1) 3-19. Wiley Press. [10.1111/tgis.12305]