Michael Widener, Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

State University of New York at Buffalo (2012)

Other Degrees:
MS Florida State University (2009)
BA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2007)

Contact Information:

Email: michael.widener@utoronto.ca
Twitter: @michaeljwidener
Phone:    (416) 946-0270
Location: Room 5037, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)

Personal Website: http://www.thinkingspatial.com

Research Interests:

  • Access to healthy food and healthcare facilities
  • Health and transportation geographies
  • GIS, agent-based modelling, and spatial optimization

Teaching This Academic Year:

  • GGR 472 Developing Web Maps
  • GGR 372 GIS and Public Health
  • GGR 270 Analytical Methods

Call For Students:

I am currently recruiting students interested in researching the links between the built environment and health, using quantitative or mixed methods. Preference is given to those working on food environments, time use, mental health, or older adults.

Selected Publications:

  • Widener, M.J., L. Minaker, S. Farber, J. Allen, B. Vitali, P. Coleman, B. Cook (2017) How do changes in the daily food and transportation environments affect grocery store accessibility? Journal of Applied Geography. 83,46-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.03.018
  • Wessel, N., M.J. Widener (2017) Discovering the Space-Time Dimensions of Schedule Padding and Delay from GTFS and Real-Time Transit Data. Journal of Geographical Systems. 19(1), 93-107. DOI: 10.1007/s10109-016-0244-8
  • Schleith, D., M.J. Widener, C. Kim (2016) An examination of the jobs- housing balance of different categories of workers across 26 metropolitan regions. Journal of Transport Geography. 57, 145-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.10.008.
  • Widener, M.J. (2016) Comparing Measures of Accessibility to Urban Supermarkets for Transit and Auto Users. Professional Geographer. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2016.1237293.
  • Widener, M.J., M. Hatzapoulou. (2016) Contextualizing Research on Transportation and Health: A Systems Perspective. Journal of Transport & Health.
  • Jones, M., C.M. Brown, M.J. Widener, H.J. Sucharew, A.F. Beck. (2016) Area-Level Socioeconomic Factors are Associated with Non-Completion of Pediatric Preventive Services. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.
  • Wessel, N., M.J. Widener (2016) Rethinking the Urban Bicycle Map for the 21st Century. Cartographic Perspectives. 81. DOI: 10.14714/CP81.1243
  • Widener, M.J., Z. Ginsberg, D. Schleith, D. Floccare, J. Hirshon, S. Galvagno (2015) Ground and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Time Tradeoffs Assessed with Geographic Information. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 86(7), 620-627.
  • Horner, M.W., D. Schleith, M.J. Widener (2015) An analysis of the commuting and jobs-housing patterns of older adult workers. Professional Geographer.
  • Widener, M.J., S. Farber, M.W. Horner, T. Neutens (2015) Spatiotemporal accessibility to supermarkets using public transit: an interaction potential approach in Cincinnati, Ohio. Journal of Transport Geography, 42, 72-83.
  • Widener, M.J., M.W. Horner, K. Ma (2015) Positioning disaster relief teams given dynamic service demand: A hybrid agent-based and spatial optimization approach. Transactions in GIS, 19(2), 279-295.
  • Nowell, H., M.W. Horner, M.J. Widener (2014) Impacts of Disrupted Road Networks in Siting Relief Facility Locations: A Case Study for Leon County, FL. Natural Hazards Review, 16(3), 04014032.
  • Widener, M.J., W. Li (2014) Using geolocated Twitter data to monitor the prevalence of healthy and unhealthy food references across the US. Journal of Applied Geography, 54, 189-197.
  • Widener, M.J., J. Shannon (2014) When are food deserts? Integrating time into research on food accessibility. Health and Place, 30, 1-3.
  • Farber, S., M. Morang, M.J. Widener (2014) Temporal Variability in Transit-Based Accessibility to Supermarkets. Journal of Applied Geography, 53, 149-159.
  • Widener, M.J., M.E. Northridge, B. Chakraborty, S. Marshall, I. Lamster, S. Kum, S.S. Metcalf (2014) Patterns of Chronic Conditions in Older Adults: Exploratory Spatial Findings from the ElderSmile Program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46(6), 643-648.
  • Metcalf, S.S., M.E. Northridge, M.J. Widener, B. Chakraborty, S. Marshall, I. Lamster (2013) Modeling Social Dimensions of Oral Health among Older Adults in Urban Environments. Health Education & Behavior, 40(1-s), 63s-73s. DOI: 10.1177/1090198113493781 (link)
  • Widener, M.J., S. Farber, T. Neutens, M.W. Horner (2013) Using Urban Commuting Data to Calculate a Spatiotemporal Accessibility Measure for Food Environment Studies. Health and Place, 21, 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.01.004. (link)
  • Widener, M.J., S.S. Metcalf, Y. Bar-Yam (2013) Agent-based Modeling of Policies to Improve Urban Food Access for Low-income Populations. Journal of Applied Geography, 40, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2013.01.003. (link)
  • Widener, M.J., M.W. Horner, S.S. Metcalf (2013) Simulating the effects of social networks on a population’s hurricane evacuation participation. Journal of Geographical Systems, 15(2), 193-209. DOI: 10.1007/s10109-012-0170-3. (link)
  • Widener, M.J., S.S. Metcalf, Y. Bar-Yam. (2012) Developing a Mobile Produce Distribution System for Low-income Urban Residents in Food Deserts. Journal of Urban Health, 89(5), 733-745. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-012-9677-7 (link)
  • Widener, M.J., Yavni Bar-Yam, A. Gros, S.S. Metcalf, Yaneer Bar-Yam (2012) Modeling Policy and Agricultural Decisions in Afghanistan. GeoJournal, DOI: 10.1007/s10708-012-9453-y. (link)
  • McLafferty, S., M.J. Widener, S. Grady, R. Chakrabarti. (2012) Ethnic Density and Immigrant Health Inequalities: Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in New York City in the 1990s. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 102(5), 893-903. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2012.674901. (link)
  • Widener, M.J., S.S. Metcalf, M. Northridge, B. Chakraborty, S. Marshall and I. Lamster. (2012) Exploring the role of peer density in the self-reported oral health outcomes of older adults. Health and Place, 18(4), 782-788. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.04.004. (link)
  • Widener, M.J., N. Crago, J. Aldstadt. (2012) Developing a Parallel Computational Implementation of AMOEBA. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26(9), 1707-1723. DOI:10.1080/13658816.2011.645477(link)
  • Widener, M.J., S.S. Metcalf, Y. Bar-Yam. (2011) Dynamic Urban Food Environments: A Temporal Analysis of Access to Healthy Foods. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(4), 439-441. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.06.034. (link)
  • Horner, M.W. & M.J. Widener. (2011) The effects of transportation network failure on people’s accessibility to hurricane disaster relief goods: a modeling approach and application to a Florida case study. Natural Hazards, 59(3), 1619-1634. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9855-z. (link)
  • Widener, M.J. & M.W. Horner. (2011) A Hierarchical Approach to Modeling Hurricane Disaster Relief Goods Distribution. Journal of Transport Geography, 19(4), 821-828. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2010.10.006. (link)
  • Metcalf, S.S., M.J. Widener. (2011) Growing Buffalo’s capacity for local food: A systems framework for sustainable agriculture. Journal of Applied Geography, 31(4), 1242-1251. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.01.008. (link)
  • Horner, M.W. & M.J. Widener. (2010) How do Socioeconomic Characteristics Interact with Equity and Efficiency Considerations? An Analysis of Hurricane Disaster Relief Goods Provision. In Geospatial Analysis in Urban Environments, eds. B. Xiang & A. Yao. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-8572-6_20. (link)

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Transportation