Samuel Walker

I'm a human geographer interested in urbanization, GIS, food, land, and politics.

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I’m a recent Ph.D. graduate who studies urban and environmental geography. I've conducted research on housing vacancy and abandonment, urban agriculture and food justice, urban governance, and gentrification. My latest venture is creating higher education training for Safe Software.

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  • Colgate University

    B.A., Environmental Geography and German

    During my BA in Environmental Geography at Colgate University I conducted a research project on the invasive species buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) in the Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona. For this project I created and analyzed a mail survey which assessed the connection between residents’ perceptions of the desert, their environmental values, and their knowledge and opinion of buffelgrass. I used this research to write my honors BA thesis, with Jake Brenner and Jessica Graybill as my advisers.

  • University of British Columbia

    M.A., Geography

    After graduating from Colgate I started my MA in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia with Elvin Wyly and Brian Klinkenberg as my supervisors. For my MA research project I compared the urban agriculture movements in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Detroit, Michigan, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. You can read my thesis here.

  • University of Toronto

    Ph.D., Geography

    In 2013 I started my PhD in Human Geography at the University of Toronto with Sarah Wakefield as my supervisor. While at the University of Toronto I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for a course on the global food system, was active in CUPE 3902, and served as President of the Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society from 2014-2015. I also worked as a Research Assistant on a project examining non-waged labor on Ontario’s agroecological farms with Mike Ekers and Charles Levkoe. Since defending my dissertation in Feburary 2018 I am based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where I am developing higher education training content at Safe Software.


Safe Software

Education Developer & Analyst



Esri ArcGIS Desktop and Pro
MapBox and MapBox Studio


Basic tests
Factor analysis and PCA

Technical Writing

Microsoft Office

Qualitative analysis

In-depth interviews
Coding using NVivo 11


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