Chris Grundy MSc

Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems


My background is in civil engineering and I started at LSHTM in 1993 after gaining an MSc in geographical information systems (GIS). Since then I have been responsible for exploring ways GIS can be used in health research.




I am responsible for the GIS teaching at LSHTM. This includes teaching in the MSc program, short courses and longer term training programs. The majority of the training revolves around a 2 day introduction to GIS short course which runs at various points through the year and can also be held externally. I also work with groups over longer periods to explore and develop the way GIS is used in their work.


Since starting at LSHTM I have worked in many aspects public health research including: clustering of diseases around industrial sites, air pollution and respiratory disease, infant mortality, access to services, exercise and health, road injury, use of GIS by NGOs, outbreak investigation, monitoring and evaluation, vector borne disease and population estimation.

My interest is in how GIS can be used in novel ways in public health, particularly its use in surveillance, interventions, and in public engagement and knowledge transfer. Increasingly my work is on methodology around data collection, visualisation and dissemination.

My main area of research currently is the use of remote imagery in population estimation.  Images take from satellites, and planes are now amazingly detailed and show almost every feature in the location, including individual structures.  My research looks at different methods to estimate populaions, using satellite images and very simple ground surveys. Of particular interest are methods that may work in more complex urban settings such as slums.

A second ongoing area of interest is looking at how NGOs can use GIS in their routine work and how open source GIS software may help health professionals in their work. This involves training on use of the software and looking at how to integrate GIS into the organisation and their work programs. Lately a lot of work has revolved around the use of GIS in management and evaluation.

I also have an interest in the history of public health mapping and have given several talk around the LSHTM map archives. The hope is to develop a new archive of LSHTM maps from current work to continue to show how maps have been used in our research.

I am part of the Transport and Health group with several projects in this field, the best know being the effect 20mph zones have on road injury in London published in the BMJ in 2009. The group have just finished working on a project looking at the effect of street lighting reduction schemes on crime and road injury in the UK, funded by NIHR.

There are also a few projects remaining on access to services: looking at access to services has been part of my research since starting at LSHTM in 1993. Recent research has included looking at how the methods used in developed countries for the last decade can be applied in the developing world and comparing methods or calculating access to services. Projects involve looking at access to maternal health services in Ghana and Ethiopia.


Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Environment
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Health inequalities
  • Mobile technologies
  • Physical activity
  • Public understanding
  • Schools
  • Sexual health
  • Spatial analysis
  • Surveillance
  • Transport


  • GIS/Spatial analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Injuries
  • Leishmaniasis


  • European Union
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Data
  • Data Management Systems
  • GIS
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Management
  • Population Estimation
  • alcohol use
  • capacity building
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