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Dr Jim Wright 

Associate Professor in Geographical Information Systems

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As an Associate Professor in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Jim’s research examines how geospatial data can be used to tackle public health and environmental management problems.

I am particularly interested in using geospatial technology to tackle public health and environmental management problems, especially those involving water and health in developing countries.

PhD "Information Systems for Child Nutrition in Zimbabwe" (University of Edinburgh) 1998
MSc Geographical Information Systems (University of Edinburgh) 1991
B.A. Geography (Oxford University) 1989"

2004-2013: Lecturer in GIS, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton
2001- 2004: Research Fellow, Water and Environmental Management Research Centre, University of Bristol (50% time).
1999-2004: Research Fellow, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.
1993-1999: Research Associate, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.
1991-1993: Research contractor, Forestry Authority Northern Research Station, Roslin, Scotland

Research interests


'I have two main research interests:

(A) Public health and environmental management applications of GIS: My interests in using GIS for environmental management has been centred around planning support for sustainable and environmental tourism via PhD research. Through a further PhD project, we are currently investigating the spatial representation of access to safe water and adequate sanitation through census data.

(B) Drinking water quality and health in developing countries: My current and recent research has focussed on urban water commodity chains in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the abstraction, management and selling of groundwater in urban Kenya via an NERC-funded project, and the management and public health impacts of packaged water use in urban Ghana via an MRC-funded project.


Recent and Current Projects

OneHealthWater: Drinking-water under a “One Health” lens - quantifying microbial contamination pathways between livestock and drinking-water (Medical Research Council), 2017-2019

Enhancing Understanding of Domestic Groundwater Quality and Contamination Hazards in Greater Accra (Royal Society Africa Programme), 2016-2018

Urban Drinking Water and Health Outcomes - Early Phase Study for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Accra, Ghana (Medical Research Council), 2014-15

Groundwater2030 : Sustaining groundwater safety in peri-urban areas (Natural Environment Research Council), 2013-2014

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Programme  leader for MSc in GIS by Online Distance Learning

Coordinator of the Population Health and Wellbeing Research Group

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Dr Jim Wright
University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ Location: 44/2047

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