BA MSc PGCILT PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am primarily a Geographer, which is perhaps something of a novelty in LSHTM. In this respect, my interests hinge upon the notions of space and place: how and why are particular dimensions of health and wellbeing patterned across space?; and to what extent do places matter in the context of public health?
Increasingly my interests seem focus on the role of cities and urban change in influencing people's health and wellbeing, and searching for ways in which we can make sense of these complex, but structured systems.
In order to answer these questions I focus on employing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and quantitative methodologies such as exploratory spatial data analysis (esda), statistical modelling, data mining, and (geo)visualisation.
I have extensive experience teaching Geographic Information Science, and the use of Geographic Information Systems, at all levels. Currently, I am a sessional lecturer on the MSc GIS course at Birkbeck, University of London.
I teach on the Basic Maths and the Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy courses at LSHTM.
I work on the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) project, a major National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded project that aims to evaluate the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic legacy on young people and their families in East London. My responsibility is to create objective measures of individual environmental exposure, taking in a range of factors from access to parks and green spaces, via density of fast-food outlets, to characterising urban built form.
I also have funding (British Academy/Leverhulme) to conduct a pilot study using VERITAS a novel online web-mapping tool that enables people to describe their neighbourhood and relevant environmental features. The work is connected to ORiEL, and will hopefully provide us with richer information about individual exposures to environment, and might lead to the implementation of such data collection methodologies in large cohorts in the future.