Don Lafreniere

Don Lafreniere


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  • Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS
  • Director. Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab
  • Director, Geospatial Research Core Facility
  • PhD, Geography, University of Western Ontario
  • BS, History, Eastern Michigan University
  • BS, Geography, Eastern Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Applications of GIS for Historical Research
  • Qualitative GIS
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Recent Funding

  • Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (aka- Keweenaw Time Traveler), National Endowment for the Humanities, $259,882 2016-2019
  • Nouveaux regards sur l'occupation du continent nord-américain par la population canadienne-française 1760-1914 (New Perspectives on the Occupation of the North American Continent by French-Canadians 1760-1914), Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Co-Pi $197,500 2016-2018
  • Community Participatory Research in Children’s Geographies and Health: Informal STEM Research and Education using Geospatial Technologies, MTU REF Research Seed, $18,000 2017-2018
  • GRACE, GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education, NSF-ITEST, $35,572, 2016-2017
  • Canadian Historical Geographic Information Systems Partnership, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Co-Pi $199,608 2015-2017
  • Keweenaw HSDI, MTU REF Research Seed, $17,000 2015-2016
  • Global Issues Blended Learning Initiative, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Blended Learning Grant- MTU. Co-PI $15,000 2015

Research Projects

  • Keweenaw Time Traveler
  • Urban Environments, Health, and Social Mobility across the Lifecourse
  • Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Imag(in)ing London Historical GIS- Qualitative GIS Project
  • Canadian Historical GIS Partnership Development
  • Race and Space in Victorian Canada
  • GRACE Project (GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education)
  • Urban 19th Century Segregation and Social Interaction

Teaching Experience

  • GIS for Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • The Urban Experience
  • Building America
  • Global Issues
  • Advanced GIS Methods
  • Advanced GIS Visualization and Cartography
  • People, Places, Landscapes
  • Deindustrialization and Urban Environments