Michael Widener, Assistant 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

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