Jeff Hopkins

Associate Professor
Graduate Chair

Jeff Hopkins

Contact Information

Office: Room 2423, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85027

Research Areas

Cultural geography, gender, public places

Research Interests

I am interested in the many cultural conflicts that arise between people over the use, design, control, representation and identity of places. My study of both the material (physical) and immaterial (social, symbolic) aspects of Western Landscapes focuses on four inter-related themes:

  1. Public Places - indoor/underground cities, public libraries, shopping malls, tourist sites;
  2. Symbolic Landscapes - advertisements, film;
  3. Cultural Studies - consumption, cultural politics, postmodernism, semiotics, space;
  4. Gender - masculinities.


GEO 1400 – Introduction to the Human Environment
GEO 3416 - Urban Culture
GEO 9518 - Advanced Cultural Geography
GEO 9998 - Debates in Geographic Thought

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students

  • J. MacKenzie (Current), Religious Geography
  • W. Kinghorn (2018), The place making processes underlying the creation, perpetuation and management of Heritage Conservation Districts
  • Y. Li (2000), A phenomenological study of tourists' travel experiences

Masters Students

  • B. Davey (Current), Socially constructed attitudes of the appropriate displays of nudity within domestic spaces
  • S. Mchenry (2018), The Changing Spaces of Racialized Contestation in Brampton, Ontario; A Multimedia analysis
  • J. Campbell (2017), Exploring Factors Influencing Children's use of a Free Recreation Access Pass: Does Geography Matter?
  • M. Milczarek (2012), Emotional Geographies of Home: Place Identities Among Senior Women Residing in a Long-Term Care Facility
  • V. Munro (2005), Spaces of female friendship
  • G. Howard (2005), Seasonal variation in residents' lived geographies in a tourist town: Stratford, Ontario
  • M. Feehely (2003), Investigating heteropatriarchy in the landscape: A hidden beach at Grand Bend, Ontario


Chapters in Books

Fellman, J.D., Getis, A., Getis, J., Shrubsole, D. and Hopkins, J. (2010). Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, (Canadian Edition).  McGraw-Hill:Whitby.

Hopkins, J. (1998). Urban intrusions: commodifying the countryside. In R. Butler, C.M. Hall, and J. Jenkins (Eds.), Tourism and Recreation in Rural Areas, (pp.139-156). Sussex: John Wiley & Sons. 

Hopkins, J. (1996). Excavating Toronto’s underground streets: in search of equitable rights, rules and revenues. In J. Caulfield and L. Peake (Eds.), City Lives & City Forms: Critical Research and Canadian Urbanism, (pp. 63-81). Toronto: University of Toronto. 

Hopkins, J. (1994). A mapping of cinematic places: icons, ideology and the power of (mis)representation. In S.C. Aitken and L. Zonn (Eds.), Power, Place, Situation and Spectacle: A Geography of Film, (pp. 47-68). Savage: Rowman and Littlefield.