Geographies of Aging Projects Lab


Under the overall supervision of Professor Mark Rosenberg, Canada Research Chair in Development Studies, Master’s, Doctoral and Post-doctoral Students are welcome to join the GAPLab either because they are working under the direct supervision of Professor Rosenberg and/or their research focuses on some aspect of aging and/or access to health and social services.


Current Graduate Student and Post Graduate Members

Master’s Candidates

Shyra Barberstock, M.A Candidate (supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg)

Portrait of Shyra BarberstockAs an Anishinaabe (Indigenous) Master’s student and entrepreneur, I am interested in exploring the roles that Indigenous social enterprise and Social Innovation can play in decolonization and reconciliation in Canada. Since launching my company in 2013, I have met several successful Indigenous entrepreneurs that have contributed to decolonization and reconciliation through their Indigenous inspired products and services that are aimed at educating the public about Indigenous culture. To date, much of the literature has focused on Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) and negative stories associated with business relations in Indigenous communities (e.g., pollution and contamination due to resource extraction). My aim is to tell ‘another story’ about Indigenous entrepreneurs who are helping to change the cultural landscape through their ability to be social innovators and progressive thought leaders through entrepreneurship.


Portrait of NicoleNicole Haywook, M.A. Candidate (co-supervised Dr. Mark Rosenberg and Dr. Kristan Aronson)

Ph.D. Candidates

Prince Michael Amegbor, Ph.D. Candidate (supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg)

Portrait of Prince I have profound research interests in access to health care, indigenous health care systems and health care policies. In my research, I am critically examining transformations in Ghana’s indigenous health care system and the impacts of these transformations on access and usage among the Ghanaian populace. Indigenous medicine has been acknowledged by major health care stakeholders as a vital resource for many in the developing world, including Ghana. Between 60 to 80 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa are deemed to use this health care resource to meet their daily health care needs. Since the introduction of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) in the 1980s, indigenous medicine has undergone tremendous transformations including the institutionalization of indigenous health care practices as well as the commercialization of its services.

Prince's LinkedIn Profile


Stephanie Coen, Ph.D. Candidate (supervised by Dr. Joyce Davidson)

My research in health geography is driven by an overarching concern for how everyday social and material contexts matter for health and health equity. I am particularly interested in how taken-for-granted—and often unquestioned—features of our day-to-day environments become implicated in the production of health outcomes, behaviours, and inequities. I also have an interest in qualitative methods as a substantive research area, particularly in relation to questions of rigour and exploring ways to empirically evaluate potentially innovative techniques. My current doctoral research explores men’s and women’s experiences in gym environments with an aim to glean what insights everyday exercise places might yield in understanding gender disparities in physical activity.

Stephanie's LinkedIn Profile

The Gym Study

Member, Sex/Gender Methods Group


Janette Leroux, Ph.D. Candidate (co-supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg and Dr. Michael Tschakovsky)

Portrait of JanettePeople with inadequate income are unable to secure food without compromising other basic needs (e.g., housing). In Canada, older people are least likely to experience food insecurity, largely due to federal income supports. However, these benefits are under constant threat, and food security among older adults is largely unexplored. The aim of my research is to examine the nature and extent of food security among older people in Canada. I will draw on data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to quantitatively explore social and geographic factors that lead to differences in food security within this population. These findings are intended to contribute to policies and programs that support equitable opportunities for healthy aging into the later years.


Kyle Plumb, Ph.D. Candidate (supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg)

My research focuses on older adults living with dementia in a residential care facility. I am specifically interested in the philosophy of person-centred dementia care and the potential of a geographical orientation to enrich our understanding of this widely promoted approach. Central to this research is a novel methodological approach and style that aims to elucidate the unfolding of relations and events that make up our daily existence. To this end, I hope to provide a discursive space for the voices of people living with dementia to be heard as well as translating the findings back into the community. 


Rajendra Subedi, Ph.D. Candidate (supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg)

Portrait of RajendraMy doctoral research seeks to understand mental and physical health risks for skilled immigrants working in low-skilled service sector jobs in Ontario, Canada. Using a mixed methods approach, the research aims to understand the interrelationships among de-skilling, job dissatisfaction, job related stress, environmental stressors and health of skilled immigrant workers working as taxi drivers and convenience store and gas station workers. My research interests include, but are not limited to, social inequality and environmental justice, immigrant and minority health, occupational health, access to health care, health care disparities, and spatial and temporal analysis of health data.


Mengqi Yang, Ph.D. Candidate (supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg)

Portrait of MengqiMy research interests revolve around the aging population in Beijing, China, with a strong emphasis on health inequalities. Using quantitative and qualitative approaches, I analyse the distribution of health-related variables and the health status of older people at different geographic scales. I aim to reveal the influence of different socio-economic and environmental variables on older people’s health. The results I derive from my research may shed light on the current policy making process and help with future policy development.

Current Post-doctoral Fellows

Vincent Kuuire, SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow 2015-2016

Broadly, my research interests straddle two fields in human geography — a) urban geography and b) health geography. Within urban geography, I am interested in housing and settlement patterns of immigrants within cities. Housing consumption choices and settlement patterns in cities are intricately linked to several outcomes including health and wellbeing, educational attainment, political/community participation, and labour market engagement among others. Among immigrants, these outcomes to a large extent symbolise successful integration into the new society. The aim of this research is to further the understanding of immigrant integration by examining the impact of transnational behaviours on housing consumption.

Within health geography, I have interests in healthcare access inequalities and emerging health conundrums in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). My research on healthcare access examines the extent to which the recent introduction of a pro-poor national health insurance scheme in Ghana has succeeded in bridging the health care access gap between the rich and poor. My interest in emerging health challenges focus on aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Ghana. Aging trends and projections in Africa suggest that starting from the next decade the continent will be home to an increasing number of older people — numbers that have never been observed on the continent. These changes will have profound effects on several areas of research including healthcare systems, urban planning and transportation, and labour market strategies among others. My research in this area focuses on the increasing importance of NCDs as cause of morbidity and mortality in a context where infectious diseases still have an influence on population health (i.e. the double burden of disease).

Recent Graduates

Jie Yu, Ph.D.

For the past six years, I have been working with Dr. Rosenberg on my MA and PhD. My general research interests are in health and the well-being of older people. Specific topics include service use and accessibility, care and caregiving, person-environment relationships and experience of aging in place. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, I work with older populations in Canada and China as well as Japan and Germany.

Theses supervised by Dr. Mark Rosenberg

Master’s Theses

William Osei (1984) M.A.
Forest conservation in Ghana

Richard Vincent (1984) M.A.
Duty-free zones: The reality and the promise

Michael Neals (1985) ) M.A.
Housing in Canada : An analysis of interurban variation in the concentration of Canadian Home Ownership Stimulation plan grants

Andrea Young (1985) M.A.
Organizational change and economic development in rural Newfoundland

Henry Kus (1988) M.A.
Housing and mobility of elderly women: Characteristics and expectations of elderly women living alone in the City of Kingston, Ontario

Greg Halseth (1989) M.A.
The conversion of summer homes to permanent residences and its impact on local government provision of services

Dan Buchanan (1990) M.A.            

Nancy Ross (1992) M.A.
Women's access to health care: A case study of the Ontario Breast Screening Program, Kingston, Ontario

Michael Butler (1992) M.A.
A geographic analysis of Parkinson's disease in Southeastern Ontario

Neil Hanlon (1994) M.A.   
Geographical perspectives on the links between social support networks and health care utilization among the elderly population of Ontario

Stephen Jackson (1995) M.A.
A geographical study of the utilization of home care nursing services in Frontenac, Lennox and Addington counties in 1993

Heather McNiven (1996) M.A.
​Counselling services for teens: A geographic study of access in Frontenac County, Ontario

Paula Saunders (1996) M.A.  
Linking northern native communities and economic development: Assessing the role of air transportation

Michael McDermott (1998) M.A.
Reasonable access? The geographic distribution of physician resources in Ontario, Canada, 1993

Nicole Yantzi (1998) M.A.
The critical role of distance on the subjective and objective impacts of families caring for a child with a chronic condition

Natsuko Chubachi (1999) M.A.
Geographies of Nisei Japanese Canadians and their attitudes towards elderly long-term care

Margaret Moores (1999) M.A.
The local state and voluntary sector in transition: Municipal reorganization and the future of community-service nonprofit organizations

Marnie Lindsey (2000) M.A.

Kristin Dall (2002) M.A.
Privatization of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services: A study of general practitioner attitudes in Southeastern Ontario

Michael Kolba (2003) M.A.
The migration preferences of nursing students preparing to enter the healthcare workforce and the registered nursing shortage in Ontario, Canada

Janice Harper (2003) M.Sc.   

Jennifer Goy (2006) M.A. 
Health risk behaviours: Explaining social inequalities in bladder, colon and rectal cancers and stillbirth outcomes

Alison Coyle (2006) M.A.
Planning for long-term care: A qualitative study of the past, present and future of long-term care in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Area

Afshin Vafaei (2008) M.A. 
Relationships between income inequality and health: An ecological Canadian study

Jennifer Bridgen (2009) M.A.
Seniors as volunteers at the Kingston Region - Seniors Association

Catherine Fraser (2009) M.A.
Physician-community integration: A case study of practitioner experiences and retention challenges on British Columbia's Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands

Jie Yu (2001) M.A.
Home care utilization patterns among the elderly population: A case study of Ontario, Canada

Candice Christmas (2013) M.A.
Disentangling the effects of material and social deprivation on early childhood development in the KFL&A Public health planning area

Keltie Gale (2013) M.Sc.
Aging, deprivation, and health: A "triple jeopardy" faced by the older population

Natalia Harhaj (2014) M.Sc.
"They come here because it's a place of refuge": Residential care facilities with cultural affiliations

Gurveer Bains (2015) M.A.
Mixing health and geography: A study of risks associated with cardiovascular disease for the Punjabi Sikh population in the Regional Municipality of Peel

Ph.D. Theses

Greg Halseth (1993) Ph.D.
Communities within communities: Local residential change and conflict in the rural-recreational countryside

Amanda James (1994) Ph.D.
Aging in urban and rural areas: Where are the differences? A study of health care utilization by the elderly population of Eastern Ontario

Neil Hanlon (1998) Ph.D.
Administering the trim line: Restructuring in three Ontario hospital settings

Janine Wiles (2001) Ph.D.
​Performative production of homes as places for care: Narrative experiences of people caring informally for seniors in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Nicole Yantzi (2005) Ph.D.
Balancing and negotiating the home as a place of caring: The experiences of families caring for children with long-term care needs

Mark Skinner (2005) Ph.D.
Voluntarism and long-term care in the countryside: Exploring the implications of health care restructuring for voluntary sector providers in rural Ontario (1995-2003)

Sarah Lovell (2007) Ph.D.
Engaging communities in health geography? Assessing the strategy of community-based participatory research

Yang Cheng (2010) Ph.D.
Residential care for elderly people in Beijing, China: A study of the relationship between health and place

Katya Herman (2010) Ph.D.
The burden of obesity and physical inactivity across the lifespan, with a focus on health-related quality of life

Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz (2012) Ph.D.
Experiences of young adults with intellectual disabilities in small town and rural Ontario

Natalie Waldbrook (2013) Ph.D.
Homelessness, stable housing, and opportunities for healthy aging exploring the relationships

Janette Brual (2014) Ph.D.
Later-life Filipino immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area: A case study of health status and utilization of services

Rachel Herron (2015) Ph.D.
Caring places for dementia: examining the continuum of care in rural and small town Ontario

Jie Yu (2015) Ph.D.
Old age, place and care: The experiences of aging in place in Beijing, China