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I’m a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University focusing on ways to preserve geospatial privacy. I’m exploring both quantitative techniques and geovisualization methods to protect location privacy and preserve data integrity in published maps & geospatial datasets.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser Univeristy (SFU): 2018 - Present
  • Master of Arts, SFU: 2016 - 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours with Distinction, SFU: 2011 - 2016
  • Certificate in Spatial Information Science, SFU: 2011 - 2016


  1. Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N., Zandbergen, P., Brussoni, M. (2020). Street Masking: A Network-Based Geographic Mask For Easily Protecting Geoprivacy. International Journal of Health Geographics, 19(1).
  2. Brussoni, M., Lin, Y., Han, C., Janssen, I., Schuurman, N., Boyes, R., Swanlund, D., Masse, L. (2020). A qualitative investigation of unsupervised outdoor activities for 10- to 13-year-old children in Metro Vancouver, Canada: “I like adventuring but I don’t like adventuring without being careful.” Journal of Environmental Psychology.
  3. Schuurman, N., Walker, B. B., Swanlund, D., Amram, O., & Yanchar, N. L. (2020). Qualitative Field Observation of Pedestrian Injury Hotspots: A Mixed-Methods Approach for Developing Built- and Socioeconomic-Environmental Risk Signatures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(6), 2066.
  4. Michener, S., Bell, L., Schuurman, N., Swanlund, D. (2020). A Method to Interpolate Osteon Volume Designed for Histological Age Estimation Research. Journal of Forensic Sciences.
  5. Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N., Brussoni, M. (2019) MaskMy.XYZ: An easy‐to‐use tool for protecting geoprivacy using geographic masks. Transactions in GIS.
  6. Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N. (2019). Resisting Geosurveillance: A Survey of Tactics and Strategies for Spatial Privacy. Progress in Human Geography , 43 (4), 596-610.
  7. 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.
  8. Swanlund, D., Schuurman, N. (2016). Mechanism Matters: Data Production for Geosurveillance. Annals of the American Association of Geographers , 106 (5), 1-16.
  9. 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

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship ($105,000), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Summer 2019
  • Invited Visiting Scholar, University of Auckland, Summer 2019
  • Deans Convocation Medal, SFU, Summer 2018
  • Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS-M Award ($17,500), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Fall 2016

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Theoretical and Applied GIS (GEOG455), SFU, Fall 2020
  • Sessional Instructor, Theoretical and Applied GIS (GEOG455), SFU, Spring 2020
  • Teaching Assistant, Theoretical and Applied GIS (GEOG455), SFU, Spring 2018
  • Teaching Assistant, Theoretical and Applied GIS (GEOG455), SFU, Spring 2017

Academic Work

  • Research Assistant, SFU, 2014 - Present
  • GIS Peer Facilitator, SFU Library, 2018 - 2019
  • Teaching Assistant, SFU, 2017 - 2018
    • GEOG 455 (Theoretical and Applied GIS): Spring 2017, Spring 2018


David Swanlund
Department of Geography
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6