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October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence
S. Doherty

Dr. Sean T. Doherty

Professor and Chair, Dept of Geography & Environmental Studies

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2044
Fax: 519-725-1342
Office Location: Arts 3C13
Office Hours: By appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 1998.
MA, Geography, University of Waterloo, 1994.
Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Geography, University of Waterloo, 1992.



Dr. Doherty is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo and proud graduate of St. Jerome’s highschool and the universities of Waterloo and Toronto.

As of July 1, 2016 be will take on the role of department chair with the goal to modernize our program offerings and boost enrollment over the next 3 years. He will teach only one course per year and continue his active research program in health geography. Follow my journey on Twitter @geschair


Dr. Doherty loves to engage students in the classroom using novel methods such as Team-Based Learning, and leads exciting field camps to places such as the Pinery provincial park, the Rockies and Peru.  He likes nothing better than to chit-chat in his office lounge, and always makes time for pick-up hockey with students on Fridays. He enjoys a good adventure (cycling, hiking, field trips, you name it) and will talk your ear off about cooking.


His research has transitioned from urban/transport to health geography. He’s exploring some rather novel questions: Can a smartphone be a health device? How are parks making us healthier? Does your blood glucose vary over space? Can text messages make you eat more local foods? Can Google Earth help children tell you their stories? He is especially interested in body-based sensors such as GPS and accelerometers, which are dramatically changing Geomatics, and leading to breakthroughs in our understanding of exposure to risks and disease. Interested? Dr. Doherty would love to hear from you - he collaborates extensively, and supervises many graduate students. Check out his full CV if you want more details.



Sean is also a devoted family man, was recently made a grandpa, and he’d have gotten nowhere without his wife Karen by his side.

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