Who We Are
The GeoREACH Lab supports Geospatial Research in Atlantic Canadian History and other projects of the Applied, Communications, Leadership & Culture (ACLC) program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island.
The Director of the Lab is Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and faculty member in the ACLC program. Dr. MacFadyen’s area of research interest is Digital Approaches to Environmental History, which examines significant social-ecological transitions in Canadian agriculture using innovative digital history and geospatial analysis of case study areas in the Maritime, Eastern Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. It explores how rural Canadians exchanged one energy system for another by mapping the transition from an extensive organic frontier to intensive food and energy systems. By increasing our capacity to understand both the physical transformations of place and their social impacts, this research will help to inform better land use planning, resource co-management, and risk management in the future.
For more about our team, please see our People page.
What We Do
Researchers in the GeoREACH Lab are engaged in a variety of projects, from faculty-directed mapping initiatives to student research assistance on the lab’s core projects. The lab team uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to digitize historical maps and geospatial characteristics of rural food and energy systems in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The lab is also a base for several public engagement projects, from community mapping to the participatory research initiative The Back 50 Project.
To learn more about our current activities, please see the Projects page.
- Workshop: Mapping Rural Lives and Environments in the Atlantic RegionMapping Rural Lives and Environments in the Atlantic Region: An Atlantic Canada Studies Conference 2022 Digital Humanities Workshop Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm ADT Hosted by … Continue reading
- Energy on the Joseph Jr. and Benjamin Robinson Farms and the Lot 28 CSD, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, in 1861By Joshua MacFadyen and Margot Maddison-MacFadyen The Joseph Robinson Jr. and Benjamin Robinson farms of Augustine Cove, Prince Edward Island, are an example of a Multi-family Mixed Farm in the … Continue reading
- Energy on the Nathan H. Pawling Farm and Louth, Lincoln County, OntarioThe Nathan H. Pawling farm in Lincoln County is an example of an energy strategy on an established farm and orchard in the prime farmlands of the Niagara Peninsula’s “Fruit … Continue reading
- Energy on the Abraham Doras Shadd and Garrison Shadd Farm and the Raleigh CSD, Kent, OntarioThe Shadd farm in Ontario’s Raleigh CSD is an example of a Farm with Established Land Funds, High Non-Dairy Livestock Funds/Flows, and Specialized Animal Products (wool and honey). Abraham Shadd … Continue reading
Top photo: “Farm Scene” (undated), Carter & Co. Limited,
Historic PEI Postcards Collection, UPEI Robertson Library.