Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Portrait of Eric Moore.

Eric Moore

Professor Emeritus
613-533-6000 ext. 75768

I grew up in London, England and received a B.A. (Hons) from Cambridge University in 1962. My Ph.D. in 1967 was from the University of Queensland. After 6 years at Northwestern University in Chicago I came to Queen’s in 1973.

I served as Head of the Department from 1989-1992 and was Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 1993 to 2001.


  • B.A. (Cantab)
  • Ph.D.. (Queensland, 1966)

Research Interests:

For most of my career my research focus has been on aspects of the geography of population and its implications for a wide range of public policy concerns. Earlier work on residential mobility and housing adjustments, primarily in urban settings, has evolved into more recent emphasis on the ways in which populations age in different geographic environments in Canada. Working closely with Mark Rosenberg and with graduate students, the research has two distinct geographical components: the first is the study of the ways in which populations of the various geographical entities in Canada change their age profiles (provinces, metropolitan areas, counties and similar administrative jurisdictions): the second is the exploration of links between individual decisions to move or stay as people age and health deteriorates and the social and economic environment in which people live. Understanding the dynamics of individual and population aging is central to assessing future demand for and delivery of a wide range of services for the elderly.

The bulk of this research is supported within a five-year multidisciplinary program of research entitled Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population (SEDAP).

Two specific issues and related issues receive particular attention in current work. One is the role played by sustained high levels of immigration in affecting the future composition of the elderly population, especially in urban areas. We need to understand the new diversity of this population and the social and cultural needs of a changing population which will be far more multicultural than the current elderly. The second focus is on the implications of growing income inequality, particularly in urban areas and its effects on the health of populations. Graduate students are involved in both of these issues and opportunities for further involvement exist in SEDAP.