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.
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.