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Eric Vaz PhD

Professor and Graduate Program Director, Spatial Analysis
OfficeJOR 620
Phone416-979-5000 x553121
Areas of ExpertiseGeographical Information Systems, Spatial Analysis, Regional Science, Spatial Epidemiology, Business Geography, Archaeology, Heritage Landscapes, Complex Systems Science.


Dr. Eric Vaz is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Master of Spatial Analysis at Toronto Metropolitan University.  He has three mother tongues: English, German and Portuguese. 

With over eighty scientific contributions in his field and three books to date (2021), he was distinguished in 2012 with the nomination of “Rising Star” by the Regional Science Association International. In 2015 and 2021, he received the award of the Dean’s SRC Award for the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University. Between 2017 and 2020, he served as the President of the Canadian Regional Science Association. Prior to joining Toronto Metropolitan University in 2012, he was Group Leader for Geographic Information Science at the University of Heidelberg, Institute for Geography in Germany.

Professor Vaz focuses on using spatial analysis methods, complex system modelling approaches, and Geographic Information Systems and Science to understand regional dynamics and integrate a better understanding of policy and the Anthropocene. He acts consistently as a reviewer for top journals in the field and is a member of several editorial boards of international journals.


Selected Publications: 

Vaz, E., Cusimano, M.,  Bação, F., Damásio, F., Penfound, E. (2021). Open data and injuries in urban areas—A spatial analytical framework of Toronto using machine learning and spatial regressions, Plos one 16 (3), e0248285.

Vaz, E., Bação, F., Damásio, B., Haynes, M., & Penfound, E. (2021). Machine learning for analysis of wealth in cities: A spatial-empirical examination of wealth in Toronto. Habitat International108, 102319.

Vaz, E. (2020). Regional Intelligence (Springer: Heidelberg)

Vaz, E. and Noronha, T. (2020). Sustainable Development in Southern Europe: Spatial Analysis of Regional Challenges (Springer: Heidelberg). 

Vaz, E. (2021). COVID-19 in Toronto: A Spatial Exploratory Analysis. Sustainability13(2), 498.

Vaz, E. (2020). Archaeological sites in small towns—A sustainability assessment of Northumberland County. Sustainability12(5), 2018