Health Geography Collaborative Research Hub
Image credit: Simon Gosling
The Health Geography Collaborative Research Hub works to foster and deepen intersections among our members in relation to the geographical study of health. Our goal is to cultivate synergies around the theme of health across geographical sub-disciplines within the school, while at the same time widening our inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral scope as we engage with new collaborators and partners.
Our Hub includes researchers working across human and physical geography, often as part of inter-disciplinary and international projects. Our research reflects an interest in different scales, from urban and rural landscapes and populations to the political and social circumstances shaping health outcomes.
Our internationally-recognised work analyses environmental risk factors influencing health and the spatial distribution of disease, using techniques such as remote sensing and GIS, mapping and modelling. For example, Matthew Smallman-Raynor's Atlas of Epidemic Britain, written with Andrew Cliff, was named by the British Medical Association as its Book of the Year in 2013.
At the global-scale, we explore how climate change will affect human health and what opportunities there are for society to adapt to future risks, and to mitigate them. For example, Simon Gosling's work with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and other international collaborators, uses empirically-based exposure-response functions, with projections of climate from climate models, to understand how heat-related mortality and labour productivity will be impacted by future climate change across the globe.
At micro-scales we unpack the ways in which legal, economic, and social relations shape health inequalities in everyday settings. Working with colleagues in India, for example, Sarah Jewitt has documented factors limiting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal target to achieve adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all.