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Alastair Munro

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Biography

Alastair is a teaching associate in the School of Geography. He received a first-class BA (Hons) degree in Geography in 2015 from the University of Nottingham. In 2016, Alastair completed an MSc in Human Geography at the University of Nottingham, where he was awarded a distinction and the winner of the John Giggs Prize. In December 2021, Alastair graduated with a PhD in Human Geography. The masters and doctorate were funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of a 1+3 pathway, and awarded by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Nottingham.

Teaching Summary

I have contributed to teaching in the School of Geography since the autumn of 2017, primarily demonstrating to first and second-year students, focusing on quantitative and methodological aspects of… read more

Recent Publications

I have contributed to teaching in the School of Geography since the autumn of 2017, primarily demonstrating to first and second-year students, focusing on quantitative and methodological aspects of Human Geography. I also run seminars for first-year students covering core topics in Exploring Human Geography and have previously led first-year tutorials. I have substantial experience marking a range of module assignments across the undergraduate degree programme.

A summary of my teaching experience is detailed below:

GEOG2004 | Exploring Human Geography (2020-21, 2021-22): Small group teaching (Seminar-based) & marking.

GEOG2004 | Techniques in Human Geography (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2021-22): Demonstrating & marking, data project cycle.

POLI1021 | Quantitative Methods For Social Science 2 (2019-20): Demonstrating.

SOCI2035 | Intermediate Quantitative Methods for Social Science (2018-19): Demonstrating.

Past Research

Status

PhD (full-time) - Completed.

Research Topic Title

Long-Term Spatiotemporal Changes in Endemic Threshold Populations in England & Wales - A Multi-Disease Study

Research Summary

Alastair's research project focused on analysing the endemic persistence of childhood diseases, concentrating on the endemic threshold concept, defined as the population size above which disease will persist indefinitely. This concept holds vital implications for disease control today, acting as a guide for vaccination strategy. Past research on endemic thresholds in England and Wales has been dominated by the work of population biologists, who have suggested that the endemic threshold may depend on the spatial structure and the geographical connectivity of subpopulations. However, existing research in this area has been limited to studies of disease activity in island populations, characteristically closed and isolated systems.

Alastair's research was quantitative in nature, utilising extensive datasets constructed through the digitisation of existing archival public health records, with a strong focus on spatiotemporal disease modelling alongside the application of regression approaches and disease mapping. Using these methods, Alastair's research centred on developing a greater geographical understanding of the endemic threshold concept, with regional populations in England and Wales serving as the principal areas of study. Exploring the role of geographical connectivity, dispersion and isolation on disease persistence and the relationship between the vaccination and regional spatial dynamics of childhood infections are key areas of his research.

Research Interests

Alastair's research interests are primarily focused on medical geography and the spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases, in particular understanding the endemic nature of childhood infections in England and Wales from a geographical perspective. Other areas of research interest include the medical geography of tuberculosis & drug-resistant tuberculosis, previous subjects of research in past dissertations.

Research Supervisors

Professor Matthew Smallman-Raynor

Dr. Adam Algar

Primary Funding Source(s)

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Cluster Memberships

Cultural and Historical Geography Research Cluster

Conference Papers & Presentations

Long-Term Spatio-temporal Changes in Endemic Threshold Populations in England & Wales: A Multi-Disease Study, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 2019, Washington, DC. USA.

Spatio-temporal Changes in Endemic Threshold Populations: Pertussis in South Wales, 1940-69, International Medical Geography Symposium, July 2019 (forthcoming), Queenstown, New Zealand.

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