Geography and Environment

Research Group: Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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.

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Group Overview

Global population and health

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.


Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Buller, Henry and Roe, Emma J. (2014) Modifying and commodifying animal welfare: the economisation of layer chickens. Journal of Rural Studies, 33, 141-149. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2013.01.005).
Wardrop, Nicola A., Fèvre, Eric M., Atkinson, P.M and Welburn, S.C. (2013) The dispersal ecology of Rhodesian sleeping sickness following its introduction to a new area. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7, (10), 2485. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002485).
Yang, Hong, Bain, Rob E. S., Bartram, Jamie, Gundry, Stephen, Pedley, Steve and Wright, James A. (2013) Water safety and inequality in access to drinking-water between rich and poor households. Environmental Science & Technology, 47, (3), 1222-1230. (doi:10.1021/es303345p).
Cockings, Samantha, Harfoot, Andrew, Martin, David and Hornby, Duncan (2013) Getting the foundations right: spatial building blocks for official population statistics. Environment and Planning A, 45, (6), 1403-1420. (doi:10.1068/a45276).
Martin, David, Cockings, Samantha and Harfoot, Andrew (2013) Development of a geographical framework for Census workplace data. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 176, (2), 585-602. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2012.01054.x).
Boyer, Kate, Reimer, Suzanne and Irvine, Lauren (2013) The nursery workspace, emotional labour, and contested understandings of commoditised childcare in the contemporary UK. Social and Cultural Geography, 14, (5), 517-540. (doi:10.1080/14649365.2012.710913).
Pini, Barbara, Mayes, Robyn and Boyer, Kate (2013) “Scary” heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town. Journal of Rural Studies, 32, 168-176. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2013.06.002).
Tatem, A.J., Hemelaar, J., Gray, R.R. and Salemi, M. (2012) Spatial accessibility and the spread of HIV-1 subtypes and recombinants. AIDS, 26, (18), 2351-2360. (doi:10.1097/QAD.0b013e328359a904). (PMID:22951637).
Boyer, Kate (2012) Affect, corporeality and the limits of belonging: breastfeeding in public in the contemporary UK. [in special issue: Using Scale to Think About HIV/AIDS Interventions: Local and Global Dimensions] Health & Place, 18, (3), 552-560. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.01.010).
Bain, Robert, Gundry, Stephen, Wright, J.A., Yang, Hong, Pedley, Steve and Bartram, Jamie (2012) Accounting for water quality in monitoring access to safe drinking-water as part of the Millennium Development Goals: lessons from five countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 90, (3), 228-235A. (doi:10.2471/BLT.11.094284).
Wright, Jim A., Yang, Hong, Walker, Kate, Pedley, Steve, Elliott, John and Gundry, Stephen W. (2011) The H2S test versus standard indicator bacteria tests for faecal contamination of water: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 17, (1), 94-105. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-3156.2011.02887.x).
Greenhough, Beth and Roe, Emma J. (2011) Ethics, space, and somatic sensibilities: comparing relationships between scientific researchers and their human and animal experimental subjects. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29, (1), 47-66. (doi:10.1068/d17109).
Roe, E., Buller, H. and Bull, J. (2011) The performance of farm animal assessment. Animal Welfare, 20, (1), 69-78.
Shuttleworth, Ian, Lloyd, Chris and Martin, David (2011) Exploring the implications of changing census output geographies for the measurement of residential segregation: the example of Northern Ireland 1991-2001. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 174, (1), 1-16. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2010.00647.x).
Cockings, Samantha, Harfoot, Andrew, Martin, David and Hornby, Duncan (2011) Maintaining existing zoning systems using automated zone design techniques: methods for creating the 2011 Census output geographies for England and Wales. Environment and Planning A, 43, (10), 2399-2418. (doi:10.1068/a43601).
Martin, David, Lloyd, Chris and Shuttleworth, Ian (2011) Evaluation of gridded population models using 2001 Northern Ireland Census data. Environment and Planning A, 43, (8), 1965-1980. (doi:10.1068/a43485).
Tatem, Andrew J., Smith, David L., Gething, Peter W., Kabaria, Caroline W., Snow, Robert W. and Hay, Simon I. (2010) Ranking of elimination feasibility between malaria-endemic countries. The Lancet, 376, (9752), 1579-1591. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61301-3). (PMID:21035838).
Tatem, Andrew J. and Smith, David L. (2010) International population movements and regional Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, (27), 12222-12227. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1002971107).
Gething, Peter W., Smith, David L., Patil, Anand P., Tatem, Andrew J., Snow, Robert W. and Hay, Simon I. (2010) Letter. Climate change and the global malaria recession. Nature, 465, (7296), 342-345. (doi:10.1038/nature09098). (PMID:20485434).
Martin, David (2010) Understanding the social geography of census undercount. Environment and Planning A, 42, (11), 2753-2770. (doi:10.1068/a43123).
Hiscock, Rosemary, Pearce, Jamie, Barnett, Ross, Moon, Graham and Daley, Vivien (2009) Do smoking cessation programmes influence geographical inequalities in health? An evaluation of the impact of the PEGS programme in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tobacco Control, 18, (5), 371-376. (doi:10.1136/tc.2008.028894).
DeVerteuil, Geoffrey, Marr, Matt and Snow, David (2009) Any space left? Homeless resistance by place-type in Los Angeles County. Urban Geography, 30, (6), 633-651. (doi:10.2747/0272-3638.30.6.633).
Young, Caroline, Martin, David and Skinner, Chris (2009) Geographically intelligent disclosure control for flexible aggregation of census data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 23, (4), 457-482. (doi:10.1080/13658810801949835).
Pearce, Jamie, Hiscock, Rosemary, Moon, Graham and Barnett, Ross (2009) The neighbourhood effects of geographical access to tobacco retailers on individual smoking behaviour. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63, (1), 69-77. (doi:10.1136/jech.2007.070656).
Twigg, L., Moon, G., Szatkowski, L. and Iggulden, P. (2009) Smoking cessation in England: intentionality, anticipated ease of quitting and advice provision. Social Science and Medicine, 68, (4), 610-619. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.11.032).
du Preez, Martella, Conroy, Ronán M., Wright, James A., Moyo, Sibonginkosi, Potgieter, Natasha and Gundry, Stephen W. (2008) Use of ceramic water filtration in the prevention of diarrheal disease: a randomized controlled trial in rural South Africa and Zimbabwe. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 79, (5), 696-701.

Book Section

Roe, Emma J. (2010) Ethics and the non-human: the matterings of sentience in the meat industry. In, Anderson, Ben and Harrison, Paul (eds.) Taking-place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography. Farnham, GB, Ashgate, 261-280.


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