Chris Grundy


Assistant Professor
in Geographical Information Systems


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

020 7927 2441

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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


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.

In January 2016 I moved departments to join TEG where I wil head up the development and applications of GIS methods. My research will focus on the following main areas:

  • Population estimation and survey methodology. GIS and GPS tools are increasingly being used in surveys. I am currently working on a range of projects looking at developing and field test new methods, especially one that will work in complex informal urban settings.
  • Working with mobile populations. I have a particular interest in working with mobile, often hard to reach populations. Monitoring movement and methods to accurately collect information on locations visited over time ae the main focus of this work.
  • Crowd sourcing and other data collection methodology. How we collect data and involve local and remote communities in outbreaks and surveillence has been on-going area of my work for years.  I am particularly interested how we collect geographical locations during outbreaks or during an emerency / natural disaster.

I work closely with academic, governement and non-goverment agencies to build capacity in using GIS in their work.  I have stronge links with many NGOs and have worked with their local and internaltional offices.

Finally I have an interest in the history of public health mapping. I helped establish the LSHTM map archive which contains a unique collection og over 500 maps from the early years of LSHTM. I have also worked with London Metropolitan Archive on the London smallpox maps, giving talks to visiting school groups and looking what the maps teach us in the age of Ebola.



Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Health technology assessment
Sexual health
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Natural disasters
Physical activity
Public understanding
Spatial analysis
GIS/Spatial analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Sexually transmitted disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Sexually transmitted infection
Tropical diseases
United Kingdom
Sierra Leone
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

The validity of an area-based method to estimate the size of hard-to-reach populations using satellite images: the example of fishing populations of Lake Victoria.
Nash S; Tittle V; Abaasa A; Sanya RE; Asiki G; Hansen CH; Grosskurth H; Kapiga S; Grundy C; Lake Victoria Consortium for Health Research
Emerging themes in epidemiology
Optimising measurement of health-related characteristics of the built environment: Comparing data collected by foot-based street audits, virtual street audits and routine secondary data sources.
Pliakas T; Hawkesworth S; Silverwood RJ; Nanchahal K; Grundy C; Armstrong B; Casas JP; Morris RW; Wilkinson P; Lock K
Health & place
The influence of distance and quality of care on place of delivery in rural Ghana.
Nesbitt RC; Lohela TJ; Soremekun S; Vesel L; Manu A; Okyere E; Grundy C; Amenga-Etego S; Owusu-Agyei S; Kirkwood BR
Scientific reports
Subnational variation for care at birth in Tanzania: is this explained by place, people, money or drugs?
Armstrong CE; Martínez-Álvarez M; Singh NS; John T; Afnan-Holmes H; Grundy C; Ruktanochai CW; Borghi J; Magoma M; Msemo G
BMC public health
Countdown to 2015 country case studies: systematic tools to address the "black box" of health systems and policy assessment.
Singh NS; Huicho L; Afnan-Holmes H; John T; Moran AC; Colbourn T; Grundy C; Matthews Z; Maliqi B; Mathai M
BMC public health
The effect of reduced street lighting on road casualties and crime in England and Wales: controlled interrupted time series analysis.
Steinbach R; Perkins C; Tompson L; Johnson S; Armstrong B; Green J; Grundy C; Wilkinson P; Edwards P
Journal of epidemiology and community health
A qualitative geographical information systems approach to explore how older people over 70 years interact with and define their neighbourhood environment.
Milton S; Pliakas T; Hawkesworth S; Nanchahal K; Grundy C; Amuzu A; Casas JP; Lock K
Health & place
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