"The best part of my research at SFU is the sense of community at the Geography department especially among students in the Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) research lab. I also enjoy working on my research project and exchanging ideas with my supervisor."

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Student Profile: Bright Addae

February 28, 2022
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Geography doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment

I am a Doctoral student at the Department of Geography specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I received my master’s degree in Environmental Management from University of Kiel; Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Ghana. In my free time, I enjoy watching/playing sports and drawing.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

One of the main reasons for choosing to pursue my doctoral studies at SFU was my supervisor Prof. Suzana Dragićević. Her expertise in geosimulation modelling, GIS, and land-use change modelling aligned well with my research interests and what I wanted to do in my doctoral research. She has been very supportive in all facets of my studies, especially during this pandemic period.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research consists of modelling the different dynamics of urban growth in diverse regions across the globe and assessing the impacts of urbanization on other connected environmental systems. Currently, we are working to improve and develop new methods for modelling across larger spatial scales.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

The best part of my research at SFU is the sense of community at the Geography department especially among students in the Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) research lab. I also enjoy working on my research project and exchanging ideas with my supervisor. Through our research lab, I have had the opportunity to present and attend conferences.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I received the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship in Fall 2019 and department graduate fellowships. This has helped me focus and advance my research rather than teaching and working outside campus.

 

Contact : baddae@sfu.ca

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