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Sabrina Li

Assistant Professor in Quantitative Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

I am a quantitative medical geographer who joined the School of Geography in September 2021. Prior to joining Nottingham, I was a DPhil candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, where I was a member of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Pandemic Genomics, the Brazil-UK Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnosis, Genomics and Epidemiology (CADDE), and the Enrichment Scheme at the Alan Turing Institute. Prior to my DPhil, I worked as a Research Assistant in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University (2017-2018). I completed a MSc (Research) in Geography (2015-2017) and a BASc (Hon Co-op) in Environmental Engineering (2010-2015) at the University of Waterloo.

Teaching Summary

I teach and collaborate on the following modules in the School of Geography:

  • Interpreting Geographical Data (GEOG1004)
  • Techniques in Human Geography (GEOG2004)

Research Summary

My research investigates the interactions between human health and the physical, social, and built environments. In particular, I am interested in understanding why certain populations are more… read more

Selected Publications

  • LI, SABRINA L, PEREIRA, RAFAEL H M, PRETE, CARLOS A JR, ZAREBSKI, ALEXANDER E, EMANUEL, LUCAS, ALVES, PEDRO J H, PEIXOTO, PEDRO S, BRAGA, CARLOS K V, DE SOUZA SANTOS, ANDREZA ARUSKA, DE SOUZA, WILLIAM M, BARBOSA, ROGERIO J, BUSS, LEWIS F, MENDRONE, ALFREDO, DE ALMEIDA-NETO, CESAR, FERREIRA, SUZETE C, SALLES, NANCI A, MARCILIO, IZABEL, WU, CHIEH-HSI, GOUVEIA, NELSON, NASCIMENTO, VITOR H, SABINO, ESTER C, FARIA, NUNO R and MESSINA, JANE P, 2021. Higher risk of death from COVID-19 in low-income and non-White populations of Sao Paulo, Brazil. BMJ global health. 6(4),
  • LI, SABRINA L, MESSINA, JANE P, PYBUS, OLIVER G, KRAEMER, MORITZ U G and GARDNER, LAUREN, 2021. A review of models applied to the geographic spread of Zika virus. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  • DE SOUZA SANTOS, ANDREZA ARUSKA, CANDIDO, DARLAN DA SILVA, DE SOUZA, WILLIAM MARCIEL, BUSS, LEWIS, LI, SABRINA L., PEREIRA, RAFAEL H. M., WU, CHIEH-HSI, SABINO, ESTER C. and FARIA, NUNO R., 2021. Dataset on SARS-CoV-2 non-pharmaceutical interventions in Brazilian municipalities SCIENTIFIC DATA. 8(1),
  • DE SOUZA, WILLIAM MARCIEL, BUSS, LEWIS FLETCHER, CANDIDO, DARLAN DA SILVA, CARRERA, JEAN-PAUL, LI, SABRINA, ZAREBSKI, ALEXANDER E., PEREIRA, RAFAEL HENRIQUE MORAES, PRETE, CARLOS A., JR., DE SOUZA-SANTOS, ANDREZA ARUSKA, PARAG, KRIS V., BELOTTI, MARIA CAROLINA T. D., VINCENTI-GONZALEZ, MARIA F., MESSINA, JANEY, DA SILVA SALES, FLAVIA CRISTINA, ANDRADE, PAMELA DOS SANTOS, NASCIMENTO, VITOR HELOIZ, GHILARDI, FABIO, ABADE, LEANDRO, GUTIERREZ, BERNARDO, KRAEMER, MORITZ U. G., BRAGA, CARLOS K. V., AGUIAR, RENATO SANTANA, ALEXANDER, NEAL, MAYAUD, PHILIPPE, BRADY, OLIVER J., MARCILIO, IZABEL, GOUVEIA, NELSON, LI, GUANGDI, TAMI, ADRIANA, DE OLIVEIRA, SILVANO BARBOSA, PORTO, VICTOR BERTOLLO GOMES, GANEM, FABIANA, DE ALMEIDA, WALQUIRIA APARECIDA FERREIRA, FANTINATO, FRANCIELI FONTANA SUTILE TARDETTI, MACARIO, EDUARDO MARQUES, DE OLIVEIRA, WANDERSON KLEBER, NOGUEIRA, MAURICIO L., PYBUS, OLIVER G., WU, CHIEH-HSI, CRODA, JULIO, SABINO, ESTER C. and FARIA, NUNO RODRIGUES, 2020. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil NATURE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR. 4(8), 856-+

Current Research

My research investigates the interactions between human health and the physical, social, and built environments. In particular, I am interested in understanding why certain populations are more susceptible to diseases and ill health than others, and the assessment of differential health impacts experienced by disadvantaged populations. Most of my work focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health in the context of low- and middle-income countries. To address the complexity of these research areas, I utilise big spatial data and tools from GIS and quantitative methods.

Currently, I am investigating how human-environment interactions contribute to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases in Brazil, focusing mainly on arboviral diseases and COVID-19.

A list of my publications can be found below and on Google Scholar. I've also contributed articles to the following:

Gutierrez, Bernardo & Li, S.L. "The need for open data sharing in the era of global pandemics". (17 November, 2020). London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Impact Blog.

Li, S. "Researching the COVID-19 pandemic from the lens of a health geographer: Maps, spatial scales, and social inequalities". (26 June, 2020). Originally published in the Royal Geographical Society - IBG Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group. Re-published in RGS Blog - Geographical Directions.

My research interests are interdisciplinary and are primarily in the following areas:

  • Health geography and spatial epidemiology
  • Social and environmental determinants of health
  • Geographical inequalities in health and wellbeing
  • Application of GIS and quantitative methods to public health and societal wellbeing

I am keen to supervise independent and motivated Masters and PhD students with various backgrounds who have an interest in the aforementioned research topics. If my work is of interest to you, please send me an email with your CV and a brief statement of your research ideas and interests.

  • LI, SABRINA L, PEREIRA, RAFAEL H M, PRETE, CARLOS A JR, ZAREBSKI, ALEXANDER E, EMANUEL, LUCAS, ALVES, PEDRO J H, PEIXOTO, PEDRO S, BRAGA, CARLOS K V, DE SOUZA SANTOS, ANDREZA ARUSKA, DE SOUZA, WILLIAM M, BARBOSA, ROGERIO J, BUSS, LEWIS F, MENDRONE, ALFREDO, DE ALMEIDA-NETO, CESAR, FERREIRA, SUZETE C, SALLES, NANCI A, MARCILIO, IZABEL, WU, CHIEH-HSI, GOUVEIA, NELSON, NASCIMENTO, VITOR H, SABINO, ESTER C, FARIA, NUNO R and MESSINA, JANE P, 2021. Higher risk of death from COVID-19 in low-income and non-White populations of Sao Paulo, Brazil. BMJ global health. 6(4),
  • DE SOUZA SANTOS, ANDREZA ARUSKA, CANDIDO, DARLAN DA SILVA, DE SOUZA, WILLIAM MARCIEL, BUSS, LEWIS, LI, SABRINA L., PEREIRA, RAFAEL H. M., WU, CHIEH-HSI, SABINO, ESTER C. and FARIA, NUNO R., 2021. Dataset on SARS-CoV-2 non-pharmaceutical interventions in Brazilian municipalities SCIENTIFIC DATA. 8(1),
  • LI, SABRINA L, MESSINA, JANE P, PYBUS, OLIVER G, KRAEMER, MORITZ U G and GARDNER, LAUREN, 2021. A review of models applied to the geographic spread of Zika virus. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  • DE SOUZA, WILLIAM MARCIEL, BUSS, LEWIS FLETCHER, CANDIDO, DARLAN DA SILVA, CARRERA, JEAN-PAUL, LI, SABRINA, ZAREBSKI, ALEXANDER E., PEREIRA, RAFAEL HENRIQUE MORAES, PRETE, CARLOS A., JR., DE SOUZA-SANTOS, ANDREZA ARUSKA, PARAG, KRIS V., BELOTTI, MARIA CAROLINA T. D., VINCENTI-GONZALEZ, MARIA F., MESSINA, JANEY, DA SILVA SALES, FLAVIA CRISTINA, ANDRADE, PAMELA DOS SANTOS, NASCIMENTO, VITOR HELOIZ, GHILARDI, FABIO, ABADE, LEANDRO, GUTIERREZ, BERNARDO, KRAEMER, MORITZ U. G., BRAGA, CARLOS K. V., AGUIAR, RENATO SANTANA, ALEXANDER, NEAL, MAYAUD, PHILIPPE, BRADY, OLIVER J., MARCILIO, IZABEL, GOUVEIA, NELSON, LI, GUANGDI, TAMI, ADRIANA, DE OLIVEIRA, SILVANO BARBOSA, PORTO, VICTOR BERTOLLO GOMES, GANEM, FABIANA, DE ALMEIDA, WALQUIRIA APARECIDA FERREIRA, FANTINATO, FRANCIELI FONTANA SUTILE TARDETTI, MACARIO, EDUARDO MARQUES, DE OLIVEIRA, WANDERSON KLEBER, NOGUEIRA, MAURICIO L., PYBUS, OLIVER G., WU, CHIEH-HSI, CRODA, JULIO, SABINO, ESTER C. and FARIA, NUNO RODRIGUES, 2020. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil NATURE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR. 4(8), 856-+
  • LI, SABRINA, SCHMIDT, ALEXANDRA M. and ELLIOTT, SUSAN J., 2020. Socioeconomic factors and bacillary dysentery risk in Jiangsu Province, China: a spatial investigation using Bayesian hierarchical models INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH.
  • XU, BO, GUTIERREZ, BERNARDO, MEKARU, SUMIKO, SEWALK, KARA, GOODWIN, LAUREN, LOSKILL, ALYSSA, COHN, EMILY L., HSWEN, YULIN, HILL, SARAH C., COBO, MARIA M., ZAREBSKI, ALEXANDER E., LI, SABRINA, WU, CHIEH-HSI, HULLAND, ERIN, MORGAN, JULIA D., WANG, LIN, O'BRIEN, KATELYNN, SCARPINO, SAMUEL V., BROWNSTEIN, JOHN S., PYBUS, OLIVER G., PIGOTT, DAVID M. and KRAEMER, MORITZ U. G., 2020. Epidemiological data from the COVID-19 outbreak, real-time case information SCIENTIFIC DATA. 7(1),
  • LI, SABRINA, YANG, MING, CARTER, ELLISON, SCHAUER, JAMES J., YANG, XUDONG, EZZATI, MAJID, GOLDBERG, MARK S. and BAUNTGARTNER, JILL, 2019. Exposure-Response Associations of Household Air Pollution and Buccal Cell Telomere Length in Women Using Biomass Stoves ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES. 127(8),

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