David Swanlund


Previous Education:

  • MA Geography, Simon Fraser University
  • BA Honours, Geography, Simon Fraser University
  • Certificate in Spatial Information Science, Simon Fraser University


My PhD research focuses on GIScience approaches to understanding geoprivacy and its protection in academic research. This includes research into geographic masks, techniques used to anonymize spatial data, as well as privacy-preserving visualization techniques. My Masters research explored geoprivacy from a social theory perspective by examining the impacts of biometrics on geoprivacy and by exploring tactics and strategies for resisting surveillance. I also work on a variety of GIScience problems, ranging from assessing GPS bias in animal telemetry to studying spatial patterns of pedestrian injury.




  • Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N. (2019). Resisting Geosurveillance: A Survey of Tactics and Strategies for Spatial Privacy. Progress in Human Geography , 43 (4), 596-610.
  • Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N. (2018). Second Generation Biometrics and the Future of Geosurveillance: A Minority Report on FAST. ACME: An International Journal For Critical Geographies , 17 (4), 920-938.
  • Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N. (2016). Mechanism Matters: Data Production for Geosurveillance. Annals of the American Association of Geographers , 106 (5), 1-16.
  • Swanlund, D., Maraj, R., Schuurman, N., Hope, R., Donkers, K., Aquin, M., & Rickerby, G. (2016). GPS Performance in Yukon’s Arctic Coast. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography , 98 (4), 361-368.

Major Awards:

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship ($105,000)
  • Invited Visiting Scholar, University of Auckland
  • Deans Convocation Medal, Simon Fraser University
  • SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS-M Award ($17,500)