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Geography and Environment

Research Group: Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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We have an outstanding reputation for leadership in population and health research, based on the combination of innovation in methodology covering geographical information systems (GIS), spatial analysis and quantitative and qualitative methods with substantive expertise in population and health issues.

Group Overview

Our research expertise spans local and global population and health challenges
Global population and health

Our methodological work on the spatial analysis and modelling of population includes automated zone design, spatiotemporal population modelling and synthetic estimation. We receive extensive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and work closely with the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including development of census output areas for the 2001 and 2011 censuses and new workplace zones for the 2011 census. Prof David Martin is currently co-director of the ESRC’s UK Data Service, National Centre for Research Methods and Administrative Data Research Centre for England, the latter two both led from the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences at Southampton.

A second area of research within PHeW focuses on cultures, spaces and practices of care. Research In this vein approaches care through various conceptual and empirical concerns relating to how it is practiced, including: who does it and how and where it is done; as well as its successes, failures and limitations. These include considering care as ‘ethics in practice’ across (un)regulated spaces and relationships; contested concepts of care and welfare in both human contexts (as relating to children and people with disabilities and mental health issues); as well as animal contexts (in terms of farm spaces and practices of experimentation). We are also interested in the (in)visibilities of care work (such as within the voluntary sector, in families, and amongst animal technicians); as well as histories and futures of (redundant) care spaces. Finally, we are interested in exploring how ‘care worker subjectivities’ are constituted in spaces such as laboratories, farms, homes, childcare workplaces, and public space.

A central theme of our research is population health – the study of the health outcomes of population groups and the spatio-temporal distribution of health outcomes within these groups. A particular interest is the influence of the social, built and natural environment on population health. In examining environmental influences on population health, the group draws on our technical expertise in GIS, multi-level modelling, Bayesian geostatistics, automated zone design and spatio-temporal population modelling. The group focuses on both developed world issues (including non-communicable diseases and health-related behaviours) and developing country health concerns such as zoonotic diseases, safe drinking-water access and population and disease mapping. Professor Graham Moon founded and edits the journal Health and Place, the leading outlet for interdisciplinary social science research on health topics, and many of the group are also part of the Population Health university strategic research group.



Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Victor AleganaResearch Fellow
Victor AleganaPostgraduate research student
Becky Alexis-MartinPostgraduate Researcher in Human Geography
Peter AtkinsonVisiting Professor
Jeremy AustinSenior Research Fellow
Anna BadyinaVisiting Fellow in Human Geography
Carla BarrettPostgraduate Research Student
Tristan BerchouxPostgraduate research student
Eleni BourantaniPostgraduate research student
Kate BoyerVisiting Academic
Julia BransonPrincipal Enterprise Fellow, GeoData
Samantha CockingsAssociate Professor in Geography
Pierre Dutey-MagniPostgraduate research student
Jessica R FloydPostgraduate research student
Joshua J GreenPostgraduate research student
Andrew HarfootSenior Research Fellow
Graeme HornbyResearch scientist
Craig HuttonPrincipal Research Fellow
Rebecca KingPostgraduate research student in Human Geography
Oleksandr KitSenior Research Fellow
Shengjie LaiPostgraduate research student
Nathaniel M LewisLecturer in Human Geography
Chris LourencoPostgraduate Research Student
James LowePostgraduate researcher in human geography
David MartinProfessor of Geography
Graham MoonProfessor of Spatial Analysis in Human Geography
Iliana Ortega-AlcázarResearch Fellow in Human Geography
Carla PezzuloSenior Research Assistant
Andrew PowerLecturer in Human Geography
Corrine W RuktanonchaiSenior Research Assistant
Jason Sadler Principal Research Fellow
Dianna SmithLecturer in GIS
Alan SmithLecturer in Geographical Information Science
Alessandro SorichettaResearch Fellow
Andrew J TatemProfessor
Richard TrevesEducational Developer
Julie VullnetariLecturer in Human Geography
Ian WaldockSenior Research Fellow
Nicola WardropSenior Research Fellow
Eleanor WilkinsonLecturer in Human Geography
Jim WrightAssociate Professor in Geographical Information Systems
Weiyu YuPostgraduate research student
Homme ZwaagstraSenior Research Fellow

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