Mikael Brunila

PhD research assistant

McGill University

Mikael Brunila is a PhD student in Geography at McGill University. He graduated in 2017 as a Fulbright scholar from the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences program at Columbia University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minor subjects in Economics and Computer Science at the University of Helsinki in 2016. Brunila uses GIS, Bayesian inference and natural language processing to study semantic geographies in the sharing economy, governance through data science and machine learning as well as urban social movements. He previously worked as a journalist and has co-authored books on the far-right in Finland, on the implementation of zero tolerance politics against graffiti in Helsinki and on the political economy of the Internet. Brunila is also a member of the Platial Analysis Lab lead by professor Grant McKenzie.


  • Spatial data science
  • Bayesian inference
  • Natural language processing


  • PhD in Geography, 2022 (expected)

    McGill University

  • Master’s in Quantitative Methods for Social Science, 2018

    Columbia University

  • BA in Political Science, 2016

    University of Helsinki