Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Call for Papers

If you would like to present a paper (oral presentation or poster) at the CAGONT 2017 conference, the deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, September 29th, 2017. Please send you abstract to

Abstract Submission Guidelines: Abstracts must be 250 words (maximum) and submitted to Please state ABSTRACT (paper), ABSTRACT (poster) in email subject heading. Please submit abstracts as soon as possible. Abstract submission closes at Friday September 29th, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Late abstracts will not be accepted. Only presentations by financially registered participants will be included in the program. Please proofread abstracts carefully as they will not be edited before appearing in the program.

Your abstract must include:

  1. The title of the paper
  2. The name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)
  3. A 250-word (maximum) abstract
  4. Up to 4 keywords to help conference organizers place presentations into sessions


Title: Climate change and food security: a case study of Apia, Samoa

Authors: Haffner, J., Amegbor, P. (Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University); and Driscoll, R. (Department of Environmental Studies, University of Guelph)

Abstract: text text text

Keywords: climate change; food security; Pacific Islands; health


Special Sessions

This year’s conference features 14 special sessions that cover a range of topics and showcase a variety of geographical perspectives and approaches to a complex world. If you are interested in presenting in a special session, please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to the session organizer(s) by September 29th. Accepted abstracts will then need to be submitted directly to the CAGONT organizers at


Agriculture and Food in Rural Africa

Abstract: This session will bring together speakers on the thematic area of agriculture and food, within the geographic space of rural Africa. Two trends in the research will be presented: (1) gender and (2) the role of foreign actors in local contexts. The panelists bring out the complexities of working in a complex world, in alignment with the CAGONT theme. This session is already full, but if there is enough interest, the organizers will consider expanding this panel into two sessions.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Logan Cochrane ( by September 29.

Animal Geographies: Present Debates and New Approaches

Abstract: Animal geography has experienced a burst of energy and interest in recent years. Animal geographers investigate the spatial, political, and ethical dimensions of animals’ lived experiences and relations with humans. Contending that animals are subjective beings and political actors, this scholarship explores the many spaces of human-animal encounters (e.g. farms, zoos, parks and protected areas, dinner tables, cities, homes, workplaces, laboratories) and the issues therein (e.g. commodification, conservation, place-making, food, work) with the goal of creating more just interspecies social relations. This session aims to capture a snapshot of the explosion of geographers’ interest in animals including new topics and approaches as well as novel efforts to analyze longstanding concerns. We seek a variety of contributions in order to facilitate this conversation (e.g. case studies, syntheses/reviews, and other interventions). We welcome submissions based on completed research projects as well as new and on-going work, by authors at all stages (undergraduate students to faculty).

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Sandra McCubbin ( by September 29.

Biogeochemistry and Arctic Environmental Change 

Abstract:  In Arctic environments, where climate change impacts are most pronounced and community infrastructure and culture are particularly vulnerable, changes in biogeochemical cycles due to environmental change can have a significant effect on ecosystems and communities. These effects can range from changes in water quality to the development of positive and negative feedbacks that could further enhance or dampen climate change in this region. A rapidly evolving Arctic landscape reveals a wealth of biogeochemical questions in glacial, fluvial, terrestrial and oceanic environments. This session aims to bring together Arctic biogeochemists, at all levels, to present their current research, compare new methodologies, and discuss future research directions. Submissions from all stages of research (e.g. completed or on-going projects) are welcome in this session. 

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 200 words), and author information directly to Gillian Thiel ( by September 29.

Ecopsychology's place in the field of Geography

Ecopsychology investigates the interrelationship between the human psyche and the natural world, demonstrating through quantitative methods that the effect of spending time in nature is increased human mental well being.  This aspect of the field has it resting comfortably within the discipline of psychology.  However, ecopsycholgy is also a field on the fringe, as it moves into deeper realms of the human soul, discusses the emotional distress caused by western human disconnect from the environment, delves into concepts of place, the senses, and the psycho-spiritual dimensions of what it means to be in, and related to, the world.  These less tangible place-based aspects of ecopsychology may have much to add to, as well as to learn from, geographical fields such as emotional, psychoterratic, more-than-human and Indigenous geographies.  This special session is interested in opening up the discussion on whether ecopsychology and geography may be a natural fit.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 200 words), and author information directly to Robin Westland ( by September 29.

Geographies of Ageing, Health and Health Care

Abstract: Due to the widespread aging of populations coupled with social policy directives such as aging in place, there is a growing need to address the relationship(s) between the dynamic environments where healthcare is provided and the changing face of the people who occupy them. Geographers are well suited to address this need due to the inherent sensitivity to the ways that people and their health outcomes are shaped by the physical, social and psychological aspects of places and vice versa. This session is intended to provide a forum for perspectives of the complex transactions between people, place and health as well how these are further augmented as we age. To this end, emergent concepts and themes in health geography and aging as well as their application to the environments where health care takes place including the home, the hospital and long-term care facilities will be the focus of this session.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Kyle Plumb ( and/or Prince Amegbor (

Health Applications of GIS

Abstract: Since John Snow’s work on cholera in the 19th century, the fields of geography and health have continued to overlap significantly. Due to a rapidly changing world and the proliferation of readily available large-scale data, geographic information systems (GIS) are uniquely suited to addressing current issues in health and healthcare. GIS has been used to address a wide range of public health topics due to a growing recognition of their inherent spatiality. These applications include: disease mapping, monitoring, and surveillance; allocating healthcare services and resources based upon population distribution; and spatial-temporal spread of disease. This session aims to explore the various intersections of geographic information science with health and healthcare. With this, we aim to facilitate a conversation on the diversity of this emerging yet robust field. Thus, we are seeking varied contributions so as to highlight the range of health applications of GIS.

We encourage submissions based on both completed research projects and new or ongoing work, by authors at all career stages. Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Katie Woodstock ( by September 29th. This session is organized by Katie Woodstock and Dongmei Chen, Queen’s University.

Indigenous Geographies

Abstract: Indigenous geographies have challenged how geographers think of and relate to land in scholarship (Cameron, 2015; Coombes, Johnson, & Howitt, 2013). How scholars work with and from Indigenous communities has also been highlighted (Coombes, Johnson, & Howitt, 2014), encouraging more respectful and reciprocal research practice—practices that centre Indigenous self-determination and distinct cultural and legal protocols (Hunt, 2013). From troubling the complex relationships between settler colonial legal orders, resource extraction, and state claims to land (Blaser, 2004; Coombes, Johnson, & Howitt, 2012; Howitt & Suchet-Pearson, 2006; Wood & Rossiter, 2016), to discussing the agencies of place through Indigenous worldviews and situated solidarities (Johnson, 2012; Larsen & Johnson, 2016), Indigenous geographies span cultural, social, economic, and political geographies from placed perspectives and often by utilizing research methods that are both responsive to and rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing (Wright et al., 2012). Indeed, as Sarah Hunt has attested, “looking to Indigenous epistemologies” in our research practice can “get beyond the ontological limits of what is legible as western scholarship” (Hunt, 2013, p. 31).

In this session, we encourage papers that highlight the depth and breadth of Indigenous geographies, and respectful research practice with Indigenous communities. Topics could include, but are in no way limited to: Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous feminisms, treaty relationships, decolonizing geographies, resource extraction, queer theory and Indigenous studies, critical Indigenous studies, Indigenous and settler relations, Indigenous and state relations, and land claims and treaties.

If you are interested in presenting in the session, have any questions about the session or for the organizers, or would like to submit an abstract (250-word maximum, plus up to four keywords), please email the session organizers: Marc Calebretta (, Jon Aarssen (, and Vanessa Sloan Morgan ( Accepted abstracts will then need to be submitted directly to the CAGONT. More information on abstract preparation and submission can be found here.

 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Coastal Research and Management

Abstract: Geographers have long addressed natural resource management and community issues in coastal environments. This focus has become increasingly interdisciplinary in recent years by exploring new topics, expanding and advancing methodologies, and increasing morphodynamic understanding of coastal systems. However, broader societal concerns over coastal community adaptation and coastal resource management remain. This session aims to highlight innovative research focused on addressing these longstanding and shifting coastal concerns, including ‘new’ methodologies, conceptual models of coastal geomorphology or change, improved ecological understanding, and coastal community adaptations. We seek a variety of contributions (e.g. expanded geomorphic models, new qualitative and quantitative methods, and other physical and societal innovations) in order to facilitate a conversation about coastal environments and resource management.

We welcome submissions based on completed research projects as well as new and on-going work, by authors at all career stages. Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Phil Wernette ( by September 29.

Remote Sensing of Forest Ecosystems

Abstract: Forest ecosystems are important in the context of carbon and nutrient budgets, biodiversity conservation and the provision of various goods and services to society. The monitoring of these forests requires information that is gathered over large areas and over time. For a number of decades remote sensing technologies have been providing increasingly sophisticated information on the complex structure and function of forested ecosystems and this trend is not stopping anytime soon. Think, for example, of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs or the mobile LiDAR technology. A large number of forest attributes related to forest health and productivity, forest biomass, biodiversity, and silviculture, to name a few, can be estimated or modelled both spatially and, increasingly, over time as well. This session aims to gather a range of contributions exploring remote sensing approaches that focus on quantifying forest ecosystem attributes. Contributions dealing with a variety of sensors (active and passive) and carriers (terrestrial, airborne, UAVs, space-borne), or combinations thereof, will be considered. We welcome submissions based on new, on-going and completed research projects.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Karin vanEwijk ( by September 29.

Remote Sensing of Northern Environments

Abstract: High latitude environments are thought to be particularly sensitive to changes in climate, yet it remains unclear as to how northern ecosystems will respond. For instance, it is estimated that temperatures have increased on average by 3-4 degrees in the Canadian Arctic during the past half century and will continue to exceed global mean warming. As a result, changes in northern ecosystem patterns and processes will be expressed through changes in sea ice extent and duration, permafrost degradation/aggradation, vegetation phenology and species composition and abundance. The purpose of this session is to convey how remote sensing data are being used to examine and monitor these northern environments.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Dr. Paul Treitz ( by September 29th. 

Taking Back Time: Organizing to Support Slow Scholarship, Supportive Mentorship, and Mental Wellness

Abstract: This CWAG-organized discussion session focuses on the dynamics of gender, time, care, and mental wellness within academic environments. Informed by the work of Parizeau et al. 2016 and Mountz et al. 2015, the purpose of this session is to provide space for a conversation focused on the challenges associated with slowing down, taking time with our work, and taking care of ourselves within the academy. This session will function as a check-in, to discuss experiences and challenges with slowing down, as well as successes, reflections, and positive outcomes. We will discuss supportive mentorship, and participants will share methods that have been successful in encouraging slow scholarship in colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students. 

The session will begin with a few short (5-10 minutes) interventions, after which the floor will be open for general and/or small group discussion. Come ready to share and learn from each other!  

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Laurence Simard-Gagnon ( and/or Sarah Speight ( by September 29.

Thesis Proposals

Abstract: New this year, CAGONT will offer a special session for students to share their proposed research. We invite students at all stages (undergraduate, masters, doctoral) to present their proposed thesis work. The format of the session will be slightly different from others in that presentations will be shorter (7 minutes instead of 10 minutes) allowing more time for presenters to gather feedback from the audience. This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the early stages of research to practice speaking about their research topic and get feedback about their proposed direction.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Laurence Simard-Gagnon ( by September 29.

Understanding the Complexities of Canadian Energy Landscapes

Abstract: Sustainable energy transitions have been placed at the forefront of Canada’s transition towards a cleaner future. Removing coal-fired electricity by 2030 is a key element of Canada’s Mid-Century Long-Term Low-GHG Development Strategy, alongside a carbon tax, energy efficiency improvements, energy storage low-carbon fuels, and electrification of heating and transportation sectors. Although this presents an opportunity for the renewables sector, this also creates challenges for provincial governments to meet this task and transition accordingly. With province-level factors acting as either barriers or benefits towards this transition, it is important to understand the underlying factors at micro-and-macro-scales utilizing research in the field of geography. Having detailed understanding of elements associated each province’s sustainable energy transition is critical for developing knowledge of the complexities of Canada’s energy landscapes. Traditional studies in energy geography had a resource and economic focus; however, it has transitioned towards a multi-disciplinary field investigating landscapes of energy production and consumption and presents opportunities to study sustainability transitions of energy landscapes. Consequently, this session welcomes presentations on research related to the complexities of Canadian energy landscapes as the country transitions to meet its 2030 targets. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method studies are welcomed.

Please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information directly to Bronwyn Lazowski ( by September 29.

Urban Geography

Abstract: Sponsored by the Canadian Association of Geographer’s Urban Geography Study Group, this session brings together the diverse field of urban research. Urban areas vary in their form, structure, morphology, land use patterns, and historical processes of evolution. But they are also driven by a series of interrelated processes of change - including economic, political, cultural, demographic, technological, environmental, social, and locally-contingent forces. The goal of this session is to present research that explores this diverse range of processes and their impact in Canada and abroad through empirical research. Any research relevant to urban geography is welcome. 

We welcome submissions based on completed research projects as well as new and on-going work, by authors at all career stages.

If interested, please forward a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and author information to Evan Cleave ( Once your paper is accepted by Evan, you will then submit your abstract to the CAGONT organizing committee by Friday September 29, 2017. For more information please feel free to contact Evan Cleave by email ( 


Appel aux communications

Les participant-es peuvent soumettre des résumés de communications à partir d’aujourd’hui! La date butoir pour soumettre un résumé pour une communication (présentation orale ou poster) au comité organisateur ( est le vendredi 29 septembre 2017.

Directives pour la soumission de résumés

Les résumés doivent compter 250 mots au maximum et être envoyés à Veuillez indiquer RÉSUMÉ (présentation), RÉSUMÉ (poster) dans le titre de votre courriel. SVP nous soumettre les résumés le plus tôt possible. La soumission des résumés se termine le vendredi 1 septembre 2017 à 16 :00. Les résumés en retard ne seront pas acceptés. Seules les communications de participant-es ayant payé leurs frais d’inscription à la conférence seront incluses dans le programme.

Votre résumé doit inclure :

  1. Le titre de la communication
  2. Le(s) nom(s) et affiliation(s) des autrices et auteurs
  3. Un résumé de 250 mots (maximum)
  4. Jusqu’à 4 mots clés qui aideront le comité organisateur à placer les présentations dans des sessions


Titre: Changements climatiques et sécurité alimentaire : Une étude de cas de Apia, Samoa

Auteurs-trices: Haffner, J., Amegbor, P. (Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University); and Driscoll, R. (Department of Environmental Studies, University of Guelph)

Résumé: Texte texte texte

Mots-clés: Changements climatiques, sécurité alimentaire, Iles Pacifiques, santé


Séances Spéciales

Nous sommes heureux et heureuses de dévoiler la liste des séances spéciales pour la conférence de cette année, incluant une séance spéciale pour les étudiant-es souhaitant présenter leur projet de recherche – une primeur de cette année! Ci-bas se trouve la liste complète des séances spéciales. Les résumés et les coordonnées des organisateurs et organisatrices se trouve dans au début de cette page. Si vous êtes intéressé par une session, veuillez envoyer un titre, un résumé (maximum 250 mots) et des informations d'auteur directement aux organisateurs/organisatrices de la séance avant le 29 septembre. Les résumés acceptés devront ensuite être soumis directement aux comité de CAGONT 2017 à

  • Agriculture et alimentation en Afrique rurale
  • Géographies animales
  • Géographies du vieillissement, de la santé et des soins de santé
  • Géographies autochtones
  • Perspectives multidisciplinaires sur la recherche et la gestion côtière
  • Télédétection des écosystèmes forestiers
  • Télédétection des environnements nordiques
  • Reprendre le temps : Organiser pour soutenir la recherche lente, le mentorat solidaire, et le bien-être mental
  • Projets de recherche
  • Comprendre les complexités des paysages énergétiques canadiens
  • Géographie urbaine
  • Systèmes d'information géographique et santé
  • Biogéochimie et changement environnemental dans l'Arctique
  • Écopsychologie dans le domaine de la géographie