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Geography and Environmental Science

Professor Andrew J Tatem BSc (Environmental Sciences), University of Southampton, 1998


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Professor Andrew J Tatem is Professor within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Work history

2001-2006, Research Officer, Dept. Zoology, University of Oxford
2006-2008, Research Fellow, Dept. Zoology, University of Oxford
2009-2011, Assistant Professor, Dept. Geography and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida
2011-2012, Associate Professor, Dept. Geography and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida

Andy is Professor of spatial demography and epidemiology at the University of Southampton and is the Director of WorldPop and Flowminder, leading a group of more than 50 researchers and data scientists. He is interested in how populations, their characteristics and their dynamics can be mapped at high resolution across low and middle-income countries. His research has led to pioneering approaches to the use and integration of satellite, survey, cell phone and census data to map the distributions of vulnerable populations for disease, disaster and development applications. He runs international collaborations with national governments, UN agencies and data providers, and leads multiple research and operational projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, World Bank, Clinton Health Access Initiative and others.

Research interests

  • Spatial demography
  • Population and disease movements in low income settings
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Malaria
  • The role of global travel networks on the spread of vector-borne diseases

Research projects

The WorldPop Project 
High resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions are a prerequisite for the accurate measurement of the impacts of population growth, for monitoring changes and for planning interventions. The WorldPop project aims to meet these needs through the provision of detailed and open access population distribution datasets built using transparent approaches.

Flowminder’s mission is to improve public health outcomes by working with NGOs and government agencies in method development, capacity building, and implementation and scaling of processes relating to collecting, aggregating, analysing, and disseminating anonymized mobile phone location data and satellite data. Flowminder is working to establish partnerships with leading agencies, operators, and other stakeholders and help save lives by providing analyses and decision support based on the latest academic advances in the science of human mobility to all relevant parties.

The Vector-Borne Disease Airline Importation Risk Tool 
The Vector-borne disease airline importation risk (VBD-Air) tool aims to help better define the roles of airports and airlines in the transmission and spread of insect-borne human diseases. It represents a flexible tool that combines multiple geospatial datasets to inform on the relative risks between differing airports, flight routes, times of year, diseases, and their vectors, in promoting the movement of passengers infected by vector-borne diseases and the vectors that spread these diseases.

The Malaria Atlas Project 
The Malaria Atlas Project brings together researchers based around the world with expertise in a wide range of disciplines from public health to mathematics, geography and epidemiology. We work together to generate new and innovative methods of mapping malaria risk. Ultimately our goal is to produce a comprehensive range of maps and estimates that will support effective planning of malaria control at national and international scales.

PRISM: Program for Resistance, Immunology, Surveillance and Modelling of Malaria in Uganda 
The overall goal of the 7-year PRISM will be to perform comprehensive surveillance studies to improve understanding of malaria and measure the impact of population-level control interventions. Studies will be conducted in six sentinel sites, ranging from areas of relatively low transmission intensity to areas with some of the highest transmission intensities recorded in the world. Uganda provides an ideal environment for this program as malaria covers a wide range of epidemiological settings in the country. We hope to use the varied settings to evaluate intervention strategies and assess optimal control methods

High resolution gridded poverty surface development 
Improved understanding of geographic variation and inequity in health status, wealth, and access to resources within countries is increasingly recognized as central to meeting development goals. Development indicators assessed at national scales can often conceal important inequities, with the rural poor often least well represented. As international funding for health and development comes under pressure, the ability to target limited resources to underserved groups becomes crucial. Here, as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, we are pioneering the development of Bayesian geostatistical approaches to producing gridded poverty surfaces from geolocated household survey data.

The development of spatial databases of synthetic populations in malaria endemic regions
The development of geographically explicit epidemiology models that incorporate human movement requires accurate data on human population distributions and compositions in malaria endemic regions, as well as simulations of changes over time. High-income countries generally have extensive mapping resources and expertise at their disposal to create detailed and reliable spatial databases of population distribution. Across the malaria endemic regions of the world however, relevant data are often either lacking, outdated or are of poor quality. This 5-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project aims to fill this gap.

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Affiliate research groups

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS), WorldPop

Research project(s)

Population Health theme

MAUPP (Modelling and forecasting African Urban Population Patterns)

Malaria Eliminations - Mobility and Connectivity Mapping (Years 1-4)

Seasonal drivers of human movement and aggregation in a changing climate: consequences for infectious disease dynamics and control

Use of novel modeling approaches to improve measles and rubella vaccination strategies (VaxPop)

High resolution global mapping of women of childbearing age, pregnancies and births for Zika burden estimation

GRID3 (Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development)

Mapping gender-disaggregated migration movements at subnational scales in and between low- and middle-income countries

Mapping seasonal denominator dynamics in low and middle income settings (Seasonality)

Novel Bayesian Time Series Regression Methods For Estimating National Immunization Coverage

Mapping Zero-Dose Populations: conflict, remote, rural, urban poor (Zero Dose)

Monitoring Outbreak events for Disease surveillance in a data science context

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Andy is currently supervising:

  • 2015-present: Shengjie Lai (Geography and China CDC)
  • 2014-present: Chris Lourenco (Geography and Clinton Health Access Initiative)
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