Raja Sengupta

Associate Professor,
McGill University

Department of Geography
E-mail: raja.sengupta@mcgill.ca
Institution page


  • Ph.D. (2000) Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Geography)
  • M.S. (1995) Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Geology)
  • M.Sc. (1993) Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India (Applied Geology)
  • B.Sc. (1991) St. Xaviers College, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India (Geology)


My research has focused primarily on understanding the complex interactions between human/animals and their environments, and how it mediates spatially-explicit non-linear (complex) phenomenon like resource constraints and disease transmission. I look to both agent-based models and spatial statistics to understand the patterns and processes of such phenomenon.

Prizes and honours

Dissertation Research Award, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1997-1999)
Teaching Award, The McGill Undergraduate Geography Society (2007-2008)

QCBS students

Previous students (since 2009)

Dipto Sarkar

(Start: 2014, End: 2017)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Colin Chapman
Spatial Social Networks

Examples of species studied

Rhizophora mangle


65- A 3D agent-based model for simulating urban densification in Toronto, Canada
Journal Article
Burke R , Sengupta R , Ford A ,
2024 Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science (Date Added: 2024-06-27)

63- Geographic identity and perceptions of walkable space
Journal Article
Dickinson C , Manaugh K , Pathak P , Sengupta R ,
2024 Travel Behaviour and Society (Date Added: 2024-01-01)

62- SynthEco - A multi-layered digital ecosystem for analysing complex human behaviour in context
Journal Note
Gieschen A , Paquet C , Sengupta R , Aunio A , Belkhiria F , Brown S , Dube L ,
2023 International Journal of Population Data Science (Date Added: 2023-11-29)

61- Impacts of COVID-19 on Biodiversity Conservation and Community Networks at Kibale National Park, Uganda
Journal Article
Sarkar D , Gogarten J F , Liang X , Andris C , Opito E A , Valenta K , Kalbitzer U , Sengupta R , Chapman C A ,
2023 Professional Geographer (Date Added: 2023-10-07)

60- Spatial and temporal patterns of indicators of climate change and variability in the Arab world in the past four decades
Journal Article
Jaber S M , Abu-Allaban M M , Sengupta R ,
2023 Scientific Reports (Date Added: 2023-09-25)

59- Preface
Book Editorial
2023 Urban Book Series (Date Added: 2023-07-20)

58- Towards Integration of Spatial Context in Building Energy Demand Assessment Supported by CityGML Energy Extension
Book Conference Paper
Doodman S , Mostafavi M A , Sengupta R ,
2023 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Date Added: 2023-07-20)

57- A Sensor Placement Strategy for Comprehensive Urban Heat Island Monitoring
Journal Article
Pathak P , Pandya P , Shukla S , Sane A , Sengupta R ,
2023 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Date Added: 2023-07-20)

56- Introduction
Book Book Chapter
Goodspeed R , Sengupta R , Kyttä M , Pettit C ,
2023 Urban Book Series (Date Added: 2023-06-26)

55- GIS-enabled historiography to determine travel routes during the Western Han period via agent-based models and least-cost path analysis
Journal Article
Sengupta R , Vankeerberghen G , Wen R , Rao J , Chen Y ,
2023 Transactions in GIS (Date Added: 2023-05-21)

54- Evacuation Simulation Implemented by ABM-BIM of Unity in Students’ Dormitory Based on Delay Time
Journal Article
Huang Y , Guo Z , Chu H , Sengupta R ,
2023 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Date Added: 2023-05-15)

53- Using Big Data and Machine Learning for Multilayered Surveillance for Healthy Food Environment and Diet
Conference Proceeding Conference Paper
Belkhiria F , Nie J , Paquet C , Sengupta R , Gieschen A , Talukder B , Brown S , Dube L ,
2022 Proceedings - 2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2022 (Date Added: 2023-02-27)

52- Satellite and ground estimates of surface and canopy-layer urban heat island: Comparison and caveats
Journal Article
Budhiraja B , Pathak P , Agarwal G , Sengupta R ,
2021 International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (Date Added: 2022-01-19)

51- Mapping research networks supported by the National Geographic Society through spatial social networks
Journal Article
Sarkar D , Chapman C A , Sengupta R ,
2021 International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Date Added: 2021-06-22)

50- Transferring decision boundaries onto a geographic space: Agent rules extracted from movement data using classification trees
Journal Article
Patel J , Katan J , Perez L , Sengupta R ,
2021 Transactions in GIS (Date Added: 2021-06-22)

49- Positive effects of COVID-19 lockdown on air quality of industrial cities (Ankleshwar and Vapi) of Western India
Journal Article
Nigam R , Pandya K , Luis A J , Sengupta R , Kotha M ,
2021 Scientific Reports (Date Added: 2021-06-22)

48- Primates Can Be a Rallying Symbol to Promote Tropical Forest Restoration
Journal Article
Chapman C , Bicca-Marques J , Dunham A , Fan P , Fashing P , Gogarten J , Guo S , Huffman M , Kalbitzer U , Li B , Ma C , Matsuda I , Omeja P , Sarkar D , Sengupta R , Serio-Silva J , Tsuji Y , Stenseth N ,
2020 Folia Primatologica (Date Added: 2020-03-31)

47- A Tiered Analysis of Community Benefits and Conservation Engagement from the Makerere University Biological Field Station, Uganda
Journal Article
Sarkar D , Chapman C A , Valenta K , Angom S C , Kagoro W , Sengupta R ,
2019 Professional Geographer (Date Added: 2019-04-03)

46- Metrics for characterizing network structure and node importance in Spatial Social Networks
Journal Article
Sarkar D , Andris C , Chapman C A , Sengupta R ,
2019 International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Date Added: 2019-03-23)

45- Preface
Book Editorial
Raja V ,
2018 Advances in Geographic Information Science (Date Added: 2019-10-23)

44- Spatial configuration becomes more important with increasing habitat loss: a simulation study of environmentally-transmitted parasites
Journal Article
Bonnell T R , Ghai R R , Goldberg T L , Sengupta R , Chapman C A ,
2018 Landscape Ecology (Date Added: 2018-06-23)

43-Agent-Based Models and Complexity Science in the Age of Geospatial Big Data
Book Whole
Perez, L, Kim, EK, Sengupta, R, (eds),
2018 Advances in Geographic Information Science Series. ( Date Added: 2018-05-22)

42- Automated extraction of movement rationales for building agent-based models: Example of a red colobus monkey group
Book Chapter
Sengupta, R
2018 Agent-Based Models and Complexity Science in the Age of Geospatial Big Data, Advances in Geographic Information Science (Date Added: 2018-04-04)

41- Preface
Conference Proceeding Editorial
Perez, L, Kim, E-K, Sengupta R ,
2018 Advances in Geographic Information Science (Date Added: 2018-01-01)

40- Spatial and temporal patterns in primary school enrolment and exam achievement in Rural Uganda
Journal Article
MacKenzie, CA, Moffatt, SP, Ogwang, J, Ahabyona, P, Sengupta, RR
2017 Children's Geographies (Date Added: 2018-05-23)

39- Primate population dynamics: variation in abundance over space and time
Journal Article
Chapman C A , Bortolamiol S , Matsuda I , Omeja P A , Paim F P , Reyna-Hurtado R , Sengupta R , Valenta K ,
2017 Biodiversity and Conservation (Date Added: 2017-12-23)

38- Animating maps: Visual analytics meets geoweb 2.0
Conference Article
Yadav, P, Deshpande, S, Sengupta, R
2017 Advances in Geographic Information Science (Date Added: 2017-01-31)

37-How Do Primates Survive Among Humans? Mechanisms Employed by Vervet Monkeys at Lake Nabugabo, Uganda
Book Chapter
Chapman, CA, Twinomugisha, D, Teichroeb, JA, Valenta, K, Sengupta, R, Sarkar, D, Rothman, JM
2016 Springer International Publishing ( Date Added: 2018-05-23)

36- GIscience considerations in spatial social networks
Book Conference Paper
Sarkar D , Sieber R , Sengupta R ,
2016 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Date Added: 2017-02-11)

35- Interaction between scale and scheduling choices in simulations of spatial agents
Journal Article
Bonnell, TR, Chapman, CA, Sengupta, R
2016 International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Date Added: 2016-11-24)

34- Spatial patterns of persistence for environmentally transmitted parasites: Effects of regional climate and local landscape
Journal Article
Bonnell, TR, Ghai, RR, Goldberg, TL, Sengupta, R, Chapman, CA
2016 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2016-11-24)

32- Social Behaviours and Networks of Vervet Monkeys Are Influenced by Gastrointestinal Parasites
Journal Article
Chapman, CA, Friant, S, Godfrey, K, Liu, C, Sakar, D, Schoof, VAM, Sengupta, R, Twinomugisha, D, Valenta, K, Goldberg, TL
2016 PloS one (Date Added: 2016-11-24)

31-Chasing baboons or attending class: protected areas and childhood education in Uganda
Journal Article
MacKenzie, C
2015 Environmental Conservation ( Date Added: 2016-06-23)

29- Analyzing Animal Movement Characteristics From Location Data
Journal Article
Sarkar, D, Chapman, CA, Griffin, L, Sengupta, R
2015 Transactions in GIS (Date Added: 2015-09-08)

28- Geovisualization for cluster detection of Hepatitis A & E outbreaks in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Conference Article
Hughes, C, Naik, VS, Sengupta, R, Saxena, D
2014 Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Public Health, HealthGIS 2014 - In Conjuncture with the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, ACM GIS 2014 (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

26- The potential connectivity of waterhole networks and the effectiveness of a protected area under various drought scenarios
Journal Article
O'Farrill, G, Schampaert, KG, Rayfield, B, Bodin, , Calmé, S, Sengupta, R, Gonzalez, A
2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

25- Emergent Group Level Navigation: An Agent-Based Evaluation of Movement Patterns in a Folivorous Primate
Journal Article
Bonnell, TR, Campennì, M, Chapman, CA, Gogarten, JF, Reyna-Hurtado, RA, Teichroeb, JA, Wasserman, MD, Sengupta, R
2013 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

24- Is Markhamia lutea’s abundance determined by animal foraging?
Journal Article
Chapman, CA, Bonnell, TR, Sengupta, R, Goldberg, TL, Rothman, JM
2013 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2013-09-05)

23- Analysing small-scale aggregation in animal visits in space and time: The ST-BBD method
Journal Article
Bonnell, TR, Dutilleul, P, Chapman, CA, Reyna-Hurtado, R, Hernández-Sarabia, RU, Sengupta, R
2013 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2013-01-21)

22- Effective dispersal of large seeds by Baird's tapir: A large-scale field experiment
Journal Article
O'Farrill, G, Calmé, S, Sengupta, R, Gonzalez, A
2012 Journal of Tropical Ecology (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

21- Mapping crop types, irrigated areas, and cropping intensities in heterogeneous landscapes of southern india using multi-temporal medium-resolution imagery: Implications for assessing water use in agriculture
Journal Article
Heller, E, Rhemtulla, JM, Lele, S, Kalacska, M, Badiger, S, Sengupta, R, Ramankutty, N
2012 Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (Date Added: 2013-07-31)

20- Spatial patterns of illegal resource extraction in Kibale National Park, Uganda
Journal Article
MacKenzie, CA, Chapman, CA, Sengupta, R
2012 Environmental Conservation (Date Added: 2012-09-13)

19- Modelling spatial anisotropy of gold concentration data using GIS-based interpolated maps and variogram analysis: Implications for structural control of mineralization
Journal Article
Samal, A, Sengupta, R, Fifarek, R
2011 Journal of Earth System Science (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

18- Improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery system in underdeveloped rural areas
Conference Article
Singh, A, Naik, V, Lal, S, Sengupta, R, Saxena, D, Singh, P, Puri, A
2011 2011 3rd International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, COMSNETS 2011 (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

16- An agent-based model of red colobus resources and disease dynamics implicates key resource sites as hot spots of disease transmission
Journal Article
Bonnell, TR, Sengupta, RR, Chapman, CA, Goldberg, TL
2010 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2012-09-13)

15- Agent-based simulation of urban residential dynamics and land rent change in a gentrifying area of Boston
Journal Article
Jackson, J, Forest, B, Sengupta, R
2008 Transactions in GIS (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

14- Topic2: Applied models and Decision Support Systems (DSS) - Current Directions
Journal Article
Sengupta, R
2007 Water International (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

13- Geospatial agents, agents everywhere..
Journal Article
Sengupta, R, Sieber, R
2007 Transactions in GIS (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

12- Ecoregional dominance in spatial distribution of avian influenza (H5N1) outbreaks [9]
Journal Article
Sengupta, R, Rosenshein, L, Gilbert, M, Weiller, C
2007 Emerging Infectious Diseases (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

11- Simulation modelling within collaborative spatial decision support systems using "cause-effect" models and software agents
Book Chapter
Sengupta, R
2006 Collaborative Geographic Information Systems (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

10- Water International: A look at the past, present and future
Journal Article
Sengupta, R
2006 Water International (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

9- Modeling enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program by using agents within spatial decision support systems: An example from southern Illinois
Journal Article
Sengupta, R, Lant, C, Kraft, S, Beaulieu, J, Peterson, W, Loftus, T
2005 Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

8- Landscape characteristics of Rhizophora mangle forests and propagule deposition in coastal environments of Florida (USA)
Journal Article
Sengupta, R, Middleton, B, Yan, C, Zuro, M, Hartman, H
2005 Landscape Ecology (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

7- Trace element spatial patterns and their relation to gold concentrations in an epithermal gold deposit
Conference Article
Samal, AR, Fifarek, RH, Sengupta, RR
2005 GIS and Spatial Analysis - 2005 Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geology, IAMG 2005 (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

6- Spatial scale and population assignment choices in environmental justice analyses
Journal Article
Most, MT, Sengupta, R, Burgener, MA
2004 Professional Geographer (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

5- Development and comparison of approaches for automated mapping of stream channel networks
Journal Article
Heine, RA, Lant, CL, Sengupta, RR
2004 Annals of the Association of American Geographers (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

4- A hybrid spatio-temporal data model and structure (HST-DMS) for efficient storage and retrieval of land use information
Journal Article
Sengupta, R, Yan, C
2004 Transactions in GIS (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

3- A spatial decision support system to identify species-specific critical habitats based on size and accessibility using US GAP data
Journal Article
Larson, BD, Sengupta, RR
2004 Environmental Modelling and Software (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

2- Agent-based modelling environment for spatial decision support
Journal Article
Sengupta, RR, Bennett, DA
2003 International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Date Added: 2016-04-26)

1- Evaluating the impact of policy-induced land use management practices on non-point source pollution using a spatial decision support system
Journal Article
Sengupta, R, Bennett, DA, Beaulieu, J, Kraft, SE
2000 Water International (Date Added: 2016-04-26)