Dr. Carson Farmer


I completed a BSc (honours with distinction) in Geography at the University of Victoria, in carson_farmer-150x150British Columbia, Canada in 2006. There, my studies focused on GIS, spatial statistics, and housing prices, and led directly to a fully funded MSc the following September. During my MSc studies, I was awarded the Derrick Sewell Graduate Research Scholarship in both 2006 and 2007, as well as two paper presentation awards at national conferences in Ottawa and Saskatoon. My MSc research focused on spatial-temporal aspects of snow cover and water content, and spatial-temporal analysis methods in general. Prior to completing my MSc dissertation in the summer of 2008, I was successful in obtaining PhD fellowships from the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. I completed my PhD with the National Centre for Geocomputation at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth on local labour markets, spatial interaction, and travel-to-work, under the supervision of Prof. A. Stewart Fotheringham. My dissertation was entitled “Commuting flows & local labour markets: Spatial interaction modelling of travel-to-work” and was completed and defended in September 2011.

Carson’s Personal Page: www.carsonfarmer.com/

Research Interests

My research interests span a wide range of topics in urban and regional analysis, with a focus on spatial-temporal dynamics, complexity, and spatial interaction. My current and future research interests fall under the general banner of ‘complexity in urban systems’ and encompass research into topics such as emergence and the multi-scale nature of commuting, the dynamics of housing markets, transportation modelling, as well as visible expressions of homelessness and local labour markets. I am particularly interested in movements and flows of individuals, information, and commodities within urban environments, as well as the development and implementation of novel spatial analysis methods and software aimed at characterizing these flows.

Current projects include

  • Checking for the modifiable areal unit problem (with Prof. Robin Flowerdew)
  • Software development for spatial interaction modelling and visualisation (with Prof. A Stewart Fotheringham)
  • Commuting flows & local labour markets: Spatial interaction modelling of travel-to-work (with A. Stewart Fotheringham)
  • Choice sets for spatial interaction modelling
  • Several shorter-term projects…

Recent Publications

  • Comber A., Brunsdon, C. and Farmer, C. J. Q. (In press). Community detection in spatial networks: Inferring land use from a planar graph of land cover objects. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (Paper accepted January 2012).
  • Farmer, C. J. Q. and Fotheringham, A. S. (2011). Network-based functional regions. Environment and Planning A. 43 (11): 2723-2741.
  • Kaiser, C., Walsh, F., Farmer, C., and Pozdnoukhov, A. (2010). User-Centric Time-Distance Representation of Road Networks. In S. Fabrikant, T. Reichenbacher, M. van Kreveld, and C. Schlieder (Eds.), Geographic Information Science, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Vol. 6292), Proceedings of at the 6th International Conference, GIScience 2010, Zurich, Switzerland: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 85-99.
  • Farmer, C. J. Q., Nelson, T. A., Wulder, M. A., and Derksen, C. (2010) Identification of snow cover regimes through spatial and temporal clustering of satellite microwave brightness temperatures. Remote Sensing of Environment. 114 (1): 199-210.
  • Farmer, C. J. Q., Nelson, T. A., Wulder, M. A., and Derksen, C. (2009) Spatial-temporal patterns of snow cover in western Canada. The Canadian Geographer, 53 (4): 473-487.