If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Human Research Ethics (519) 661-3036, 1-844-720-9816, email: This office oversees the ethical conduct of research studies and is not part of the study team. Everything that you discuss will be kept confidential.

To get in touch with a member of the study team about the project, your scheduled interview, or for media inquiries you can reach us by email, phone, or Twitter:

The FRESHER project is led by the Human Environments Analysis Lab at Western University ( with support from faculty members at multiple universities across Southwestern Ontario:

  • Dr. Jason Gilliland: Director, Human Environments Analysis Lab; Director, Urban Development Program; Professor, Department of Geography, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Department of Paediatrics, School of Health Studies, Western University (Principal Investigator)
  • Dr. Robert Andersen: Associate Dean, Faculty Development; Professor of Business, Economics, and Public Policy; Professor of Strategy, Ivey School of Business; Professor, Department of Sociology; Department of Political Science, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Western University
  • Dr. Godwin Arku: Associate Director, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance; Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Western University
  • Dr. Sean Doherty: Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • John Fleming, MCIP, RPP: Former Managing Director of Planning, City of London; Senior Research Associate, Human Environments Analysis Lab; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography, Western University
  • Dr. Jess Haines: Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
  • Dr. Anders Holm: Director, Centre for Research in Social Inequality; Professor, Department of Sociology; Department of Economics, Western University
  • Dr. Leia Minaker: Assistant Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Jamie Seabrook: Associate Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College; Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Paediatrics; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University