Chris Grundy MSc

Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems

Chris Grundy's Background

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.

Chris Grundy's Affiliation

Chris Grundy's Teaching

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.

Chris Grundy's Research

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. I have an increasing interest in the methodology around data collection and dissemination and expect to be doing more work in this field in the future.

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 how we can use these images in research and to estimate populations reducing the expensive and complications of ground surveys.

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 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. Currently he group are 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
  • Physical activity
  • Public understanding
  • Sexual health
  • Spatial analysis
  • Surveillance
  • Transport


  • GIS/Spatial analysis

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Injuries
  • Leishmaniasis

Other interests

  • GIS
  • Population Estimation
Back to top