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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Bob Sharpe

Associate Professor - On Sabbatical Jan 1/15-Jan 1/16

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2684

Office Location: 2E9

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

PhD, York University, North York, Ontario 1990; MA, Wilfrid Laurier University 1983; BES, School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo, 1977.

My primary research interests are in geographic information science and cartography and their application to the teaching of geography and to the study of community-based processes and local economic development. Primary teaching areas are in cartography, geographic information systems, socioeconomic development, and urban social geography.

Doctoral Supervisions

Ellen Desjardins (2010). Place and Food: A Relational Analysis of Personal Food Environments, Meanings of Place and Diet Quality.

Niem Tu Huynh (2009). The Role of Geospatial Thinking and Geographic Skills in Effective Problem Solving with GIS: K – 16 Education. Recipient of the Governor-General’s Gold Medal.

Chris Storie (2008), Modelling the Commercial Structure of Medium sized Cities in Canada.

Susan Lucas (1999), Where are the urban elderly? Clustered and concentrated in aged spaces: Three examples Kitchener Waterloo, Halifax and Victoria. (with A. Hecht).

Harald Bauder (1998), Labour market marginalisation of Young Latinos in San Antonio, Texas: A geographical perspective of neighbourhood processes.

Recent Masters Theses Supervised

Erin Joakim (2008).  Assessing the ‘Hazards of Place’ Model of Vulnerability: A Case Study of Waterloo Region

Andrew Carnegie (2006).  Assessment and Classification of a Modified Urban Stream: Schneider Creek, Kitchener, Ontario

Jeremy McAndrew (2006).  Intra-Urban Spatial Accessibility: An Improved Methodological Approach.

Selected Publications


Prihodko, S., Volovik, N., Hecht, A., B. Sharpe, and M. Mandres, 2007. Special Economic Zones / Consortium for Economic Policy Research and Advice. Moscow: Institute for the Economy in Transition, 247 pp.

Hecht, A., B. Sharpe and A. Wong, 1983. Ethnicity and Wellbeing in Central Canada: The Case of Ontario and Toronto, Heft 92, Marburger Geographische Schriften, Marburg: Geographisches Institute der Universitat Marburg,192 pp.

Bahbahani, K and Huynh, N.T*. Teaching about Geographical Thinking. 2008. Case, R. and Sharpe, B. (eds).Vancouver: The Critical Thinking Consortium and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. ISBN 978-0-86941-301-2.

Book Chapters

Sharpe, B. and A. Crechiolo*, 2000. “Teaching Geography Using GIS in Ontario's Secondary Schools”. In D. Green (ed) GIS - A School Sourcebook, London: Taylor and Francis, pp 73-86.

Sharpe, B., 1997. “Towards a Virtual Geography Textbook: Prospects and Pitfalls”. In A.Hecht and A. Pletsch (eds), Geographies of Germany and Canada: Paradigms, Concepts, Stereotypes, Images, Georg-Eckert Institute, Braunschweig, Germany, pp 329-336.

Sharpe, B., 1994. “Community Futures in Ontario: Geography and the Organization of Local Economic Development”. In J. Andrey and G. Nelson (eds) Assessing Public Issues, A Geographical Perspective, Public Issues Series, Canadian Association of Geographers, pp 135-158.

Sharpe, B., 1993. “Informal Work and Development in the West”. In L. A. Ferman, L. E. Berndt and S. Henry (eds) Work Beyond Employment in Advanced Capitalist Countries: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives on the Informal Economy, Volume II: Revisions and Criticism, Queenston, Ontario: Edwin Mellen Press, pp 255-280.

Sharpe, B., 1985. “Visible Minorities in Ontario and Toronto”. In A. Pletsch (ed.) Ethnicity Problems in Canada and Other Northern Lands, pp. 256267, Marburger Geographische Schriften, Volume 97.

Sharpe, B., 1983. “Ethnic Minorities in the European Community”. In A. Hecht (ed.) Regional Development in the Peripheries of Canada and Europe, pp. 139157. Manitoba Geographic Studies, Volume 8.

Sharpe, B., A. Hecht and C. Wesol, 1983. “Peripheral Location of Indian Peoples in Ontario”. In A. Hecht (ed.) Regional Development in the Peripheries of Canada and Europe, pp. 5280, Manitoba Geographic Studies, Volume 8.

Journal Articles

Huynh, Niem Tu*, and B. Sharpe. 2013. “A Geospatial Scale for the Measurement of Spatial Thinking Expertise” The Journal of Geography, 112: 3-17.

Sharpe, B. 2010. “Europe’s Digital Divides”, Special issue of GeoInova, October, 219-230.

Huynh, Niem Tu*, Doherty, S. and B. Sharpe, 2010. “Gender Differences in Sketch Map Creation” Special issue of Journal of Maps, 270-288.

Huynh, Niem Tu* and B. Sharpe, 2009. “The Role Of Spatial Reasoning In Effective GIS Problem Solving: K-16 Education Levels”. Special issue of Higher Education in Geomatics in Geomatica 63(2): 119-128.

Mandres, M., Hecht, A., and B. Sharpe, 2008. “Economic Enclaves in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Typology, Distribution, and use of Export Possessing Zones”, GeoInova

Bauder, H*. and B. Sharpe, 2002. “Residential Segregation of Visible Minorities in Canada’s Gateway Cities”, The Canadian Geographer, 46 (3): 204 - 222.

Sharpe, B., 2000. “Virtual Geographies as Instructional Technologies: evaluation and assessment”, International Textbook Research, 22 (2): 261273.

Sharpe, B., 2000. “Geographies of Criminal Victimization in Canada”. The Canadian Geographer, 44 (4): 418-428.

Bauder, H*. and B. Sharpe, 2000. “Labour market marginalization of youth in San Antonio, Texas”. The Professional Geographer, 52 (3): 531-543.

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