Grant McKenzie

Geographic Information Science

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography

Office: Burnside Hall 613A
Tel.: (514) 398-2865
Fax.: (514) 398-7437
Personal Website
Platial Analysis Lab
grant.mckenzie [at] mcgill.ca


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)

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 GI science plays at the intersection of information technologies and society.


Current projects

  • Neighborhood Inference and Delination project
  • OpenPOI: An Open Place of Interest Platform
  • Financial Inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa

Some recent publications

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]