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Tayyab Shah is a postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland in the Department of Geography at the Western University. He is a broadly trained Human Geographer with interests in analyzing geographic accessibility to health care resources, locating health services and facilities mapping. His interests and experience in research are varied within human geography, health services research, neighbourhood food access, and traffic collision and crime geospatial analysis. He has worked for the United Nations (e.g., UNICEF, UNDP) and other international donor organizations (e.g., Japan International Cooperation Agency “JICA”) as a Geospatial Researcher and Master Trainer in the service of humanitarian relief and development. The scientific impact of his research work can be assessed from the results of the following citation analyses: Impact points (15+); h-index based on the Google Scholar (7).

He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, SK. Courses include:

  • Quantitative Methods in Geography (GEOG 302-02) – (2012/13 as a part of teaching fellowship and in 2013/14 term 2 as a sessional instructor);
  • Advanced Geographic Information Science (GEOG 822.3) – as a co-instructor with his PhD supervisor Prof. Scott Bell (May 2013, May 2015, and May 2016). His role as a co-instructor was to teach geocoding, spatial autocorrelation, spatial regression (spatial lag and spatial error models). This Advanced GIS course is designed for graduate students with different backgrounds (mostly from Geography, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Geology, Sociology, Information Technology).

Educational Background

  • PDF, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, SK (2015 - 2017):
  • He was awarded a two-year Research Grant from Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF: Top Research Fellowship Award in the Socio Health Category) to investigate the availability and geographic accessibility to family physicians, nurse practitioners, and physiotherapists in three Canadian Prairie Provinces.
  • PhD, Geography, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (2014)
  • MSc, Space Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (1997)
  • Mentored Teaching Certificate/Course (two terms; 2013) and a 24-hour Instructional Skills Workshop (refresher course; 2017), The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK


  • Human Geography
  • Health Services Research
  • Social and Humanitarian Development
  • GIS/Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics