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Research in Geography and Planning

Researchers in Queen's Department of Geography and Planning have a long history of discovery and innovation that has shaped our knowledge of Earth’s places, societies, environments, and landscapes. We bridge the social sciences and humanities with the natural sciences to address some of our world's most complex problems, including issues related to social justice, climate change and planning for healthy communities.

Equitable opportunities for access to healthcare and healthy aging

Geographies of Aging Projects Lab (GAPLab)

Research focus

The GAPLab focuses on projects about the geographies of aging, health, and healthcare. Members of the GAPLab are interested in spatial and temporal trends in health data, the accessibility and use of healthcare services, the impact of an aging population on health care and social services, the experiences of care, the health and health care of minority groups, and health care policy.

The goal of many of these studies is to contribute to policies and programs that support equitable opportunities for access to healthcare and healthy aging.


Two ongoing projects include analyzing the wait times for health care services in Ontario and the Age Friendly Communities Project. The Age Friendly Communities Project aims to develop a more inclusive theory of age-friendly communities in Canada by interviewing members of groups and leaders from cities already designated as age-friendly.


Dr. Mark W. Rosenberg

Queen's Department of Geography and Planning

Email: mark.rosenberg@queensu.ca

Learn more about Dr. Mark W. Rosenberg

Partners and Supporters

Members of the GAPLab are part of the Canadian Association of Geographers, American Association of Geographers, Canadian Association of Gerontology, Canadian Population Society, and the Canadian Regional Science Association.

GAPLab is funded through SSHRC and CHIR, and Dr. Rosenberg, the leader of GAPLab holds the Canada Research Chair in Aging, Health, and Development.