Prof. Dr. Blake Walker

Department of Geography
Professur für Geographie (Digitale Geographie / Kulturgeographie)

Room: Room 03.045
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen

Office Hours

Upon request. Consultations during the summer semester 2020 are held only via Zoom or telephone.


  • Since September 2019: Professor of Human Geography and Digital Transformation, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • August 2018 to August 2019: Guest researcher at the Geography Institute of the Humboldt-University of Berlin
  • September 2017 to July 2018: Guest lecturer at the Geography Institute of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • May 2016: PhD (Spatial Epidemiology), Geography Department, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • February 2013: MSc (Spatial Epidmiology), Geography Department, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • May 2011 to May 2017: Researcher / Sessional Lecturer, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • June 2011: BA (Geographic Analysis), Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

  • Walker BB, Shashank A, Gasevic D, Schuurman N, Poirier P, Teo K, Rangarajan S, Yusuf S, Lear SA. The Local Food Environment and Obesity: Evidence from Three Cities. Obesity. 2020; 28(1):40-45.
  • Schuurman N, Walker BB, Swanlund D, Amram O, Yanchar N. Qualitative field observation of pedestrian injury hotspots: A mixed-methods approach for developing built- and socioeconomic-environmental risk signatures. IJERPH. 2020; 17:2006-2021.
  • Wister A, Shashank A, Rosenkranz L, Walker BB ,Schuurman N. Multimorbidity and socioeconomic deprivation among older adults: a cross-sectional analysis in five Canadian cities using the CLSA. Journal of Aging and the Environment. 2020. DOI:10.1080/26892618.2020.1734138.
  • Ho HC, Man HY, Wong MS, Shi Y, Walker BB. Perceived differences in the (re)production of environmental deprivation between sub-populations: a study combining citizens‘ perceptions with remote-sensed and administrative data. Building and Environment. 2020. DOI:10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.106769.
  • Walker BB, Canham S, Wister A, Fang ML. Disparities in local access to culturally-relevant residential care and assisted living facilities: a GIS-facilitated study of East Asian seniors’ care in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Care for the Elderly. 2019; 1540:353X.
  • Enoguanbhor E, Lakes T, Nielsen JØ, Gollnow F, Walker BB. Land cover change detection in the Abuja City-Region, Nigeria: Integrating GIS and remotely sensed data to support decision-making in land use planning. Sustainability. 2019; 11:1313.
  • Barbosa K, Walker BB, Ferrira R. Spatial Epidemiological characteristics of interpersonal violence in Campina Grande, Brazil: a comparative geographic study of violence in domestic versus community settings. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14(1):e0208304.
  • Yafe E, Walker BB, Amram O, Schuurman N, Randall E, Friger M, Adini B. Volunteer First Responders for Optimizing Management              of Mass Casualty Incidents in Israel. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2018; 4:1-8.
  • Haacke H, Enssle F, Helbrecht I, Lakes T, Walker BB. Cluster analysis for the derivation of agents for ABMs in the context of an ageing, super-diverse population: a mixed-methods approach [short paper]. AGILE. 2018; Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Walker BB, Schuurman N, Auluck A, Lear SA, Rosin M. Socioeconomic disparities in head and neck cancer patients’ spatial access to cancer treatment centres. Journal of Rural and Remote Health. 2017; 17: 4210.
  • Krstic N, Yuchi W, Ho D, Walker BB, Knudby A, Henderson S. HEIDI: a Heat-Integrated Deprivation Index for estimating vulnerability to extreme heat events. Environment International. 2017; 109:42-52.
  • Walker BB. Making connections in a tough data scene. The Canadian Geographer. 2016; 60(3). [Editorial.]
  • Amram O, Walker BB, Schuurman N, Pike I, Yanchar N. Differences in paediatric trauma mortality between aboriginal and non-aboriginal populations in British Columbia, 2001-2009. Int. J. Env. Res. Public Health. 2016; 13(7):651.
  • Auluck A, Walker BB, Hislop G, Lear S, Schuurman N, Rosin M. Socio-economic deprivation: a significant determinant affecting stage of oral cancer diagnosis and survival. BMC Cancer. 2016;16:569. DOI: 10.1186/s12885-016-2579-4.
  • Ho D, Knudby A, Walker BB, Henderson SB. Delineation of spatial variability in the temperature-mortality relationship on extremely hot days in greater Vancouver, Canada. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2016. DOI:10.1289/EHP224.
  • Bernabe-Ortiz A, Varela-Gaona M, Miranda JJ, Walker BB, Diez-Canseco F, Gilman RH, et al. Spatial distribution of depressive symptoms in a periurban area of Lima, Peru. Annals of Epidemiology. 2016;26(2):93-9.
  • Yuchi W, Knudby A, Cowper J, Gombojav E, Amram O, Walker BB, Allen R. Derivation of land use surrogates from remote sensing data for               modelling spatial patterns of air pollution in Ulaanbaatar. The Canadian Geographer. 2016; 60(3).
  • Walker BB, Schuurman N, Auluck A, Lear SA, Rosin M. Suburbanisation of oral cavity cancers: evidence from a geographically-explicit observational study of incidence trends. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15:758.
  • Walker BB, Schuurman N. The pen or the sword: a situated spatial analysis of graffiti and violent injury in Vancouver, British              Columbia. The Professional Geographer. 2015;67(4):608-619.
  • Schuurman N, Cinnamon J, Walker BB, Fawcett V, Nichol A, Hameed SM, Matzopoulos R. Intentional injury and violence in Cape Town, South Africa: An epidemiological analysis of trauma admissions data. Global Health Action. 2015; 8:27016.
2014 and prior
  • Walker BB, Taylor-Noonan C, Tabbernor A, McKinnon T, Bal H, Bradley D, Schuurman N, Clague J. A multicriteria evaluation model of earthquake vulnerability in Victoria, British Columbia. Natural Hazards. 2014; 74:1209.
  • Walker BB, Schuurman N, Hameed SM. A GIS-based spatiotemporal analysis of violent trauma hotspots in Vancouver, Canada: identification, contextualisation and intervention. BMJ Open. 2014; 4:e003642.
  • Auluck A, Walker BB, Hislop G, Lear SA, Schuurman N, Rosin M. Population-based incidence trends of oropharyngeal and oral cavity cancers by sex among the poorest and underprivileged populations. BMC Cancer. 2014; 13:316.
  • Walker BB, Rinner C. A qualitative framework for evaluating participation on the Geoweb. URISA J.2013; 25(2): 15-24.
  • Walker BB, Schuurman N. Environmental correlates with violent injury. Geomatica. 2012; 66(4): 269-78.

  • GIS in der Kulturgeographie 2: „Vektoranalyse“
  • Kulturgeographisches Hauptseminar: „Socioeconomics“
  • Große Geländeseminar: „Westkanada“

  • Spatial analysis of COVID-19 in Germany
  • Social and built-environment risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (in collaboration with the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology Study)
  • Local-scale socioeconomic and cultural risk factors for interpersonal violence (various studies in Brazil, Germany, and Canada)
  • Digitalisation of historical-cultural narratives with focus on First Nations, the “Wild West/Frontier” in North America and Europe