Alan G. Phipps, PhD, MA, BAH
Fall 2018 on Sabbatical
Research and Teaching Areas
Residential mobility behaviour was the topic of Dr. Phipp's doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa USA in 1978. He has subsequently published numerous articles on this topic of why residents move home, mostly utilizing experimental analyses of individuals' behaviours in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Windsor, Ontario. His subsequent research has evolved from this into his current research on how community residents may fight closures of their neighbourhood schools, and how and why residents do or do not maintain and improve the exteriors of their homes. Dr. Phipps was formerly a geographer, and so, he has an ongoing interest in programming Google maps of social data. he is now also a registered planner in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Recent Courses Taught
Dr. Phipps regularly teaches methodological courses in quantitative methods and social statistics at the second- and third-year levels respectively. He occasionally teaches more substantive courses, such as, in the Sociology of Education, and Community Planning of Neighbourhoods.
His current course outlines have open online access from http://web2.uwindsor.ca/courses/sociology/phipps/courses/index.html.
PhD (University of Iowa, USA - Geography)
MA (Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario - Geography)
BA Honours (Manchester University, UK - Geography)
Recent and Key Publications
Phipps, Alan G. 2015. How to fight school closures, British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science 5, 2: 98-130, with open online access at http://dx.doi.org/10.9734/BJESBS/2015/13266.
Phipps, Alan G. 2014. Three applications of V.3 Google Maps: Just for display of data, or analysis as well. Journal of Geographic Information System, 6, 5: 548-558, with open online access at http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jgis.2014.65045.
Phipps, Alan G. and Horrobin, Barry A. 2014. Measuring exterior safety of Canadian residential neighbourhoods, Journal of Building Construction and Planning Research, 2, 2: 132-149, with open online access at http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jbcpr.2014.22012.
Phipps, Alan G. 2011. Comparisons of residents' perceptions of patterns and trends on computer-animated maps and graphs and on Google maps of events in their neighbourhoods. Cartographica, 46, 3: 185-199, DOI: 10.3138/carto.46.3.185.
Hobbies and Interests
Home renovation and bicycling.