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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 completed my DPhil in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford where I was a Canadian SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholar. 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. In 2022, I was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in Science and Healthcare for Europe.

Teaching Summary

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

  • Interpreting Geographical Data (GEOG1004)
  • Techniques in Human Geography (GEOG2004)
  • Living with Hazards (GEOG 2073)
  • Dissertation Year 2
  • Dissertation Year 3
  • Project in Environmental Leadership and Management (MSc Programme)
  • Research Tutorials

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

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 large spatial data sets 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.

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