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Dr Nathaniel M Lewis 

Lecturer in Human Geography

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As a lecturer in health geography, I strive to understand how social and institutional environments shape the health of vulnerable populations.


2012: PhD, Health and Social Geography, Queen’s University

2007: MA, Human Geography, George Washington University

2004: BA, summa cum laude, Human Geography (High Honors) and International Relations, Colgate University


2015-present: Lecturer in Human Geography, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton

2013-2015: Assistant Professor in Health Geography, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

2013: Research Intern, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga

2012-2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University


2012-2014: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009-2012: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Research interests

There are three intersecting strands to my research:

Geographies of LGBTQ Health

This work focuses on the relationship between place and mental/sexual health among gay men and other sexual and gender minority populations. Many of my recent publications examine the linkages between the political and social environments of different jurisdictions (e.g., rights, health care provisions, cultural norms) and health outcomes such anxiety, depression, substance use, and HIV/STI infection.

Migration and Well-Being

I have a longer-term interest in migration decision-making, especially among sexual minorities and other vulnerable groups. My research argues that migration can be a source of resilience for these groups, but also precarity in terms of political regulation, social upheaval, ongoing discrimination, and deteriorating well-being.

Changing Geographies of the ‘Gaybourhood’

This research examines the changing geographies of actual and imagined gay spaces. So-called gay villages and gaybourhoods in many cities are said to be contracting, diffusing, or dying, but the effects of these changes depend on both the specific city in which they happen, and the subjectivities of the individuals who encounter them.

PhD supervision

Ed Baird (Master’s in WebScience)

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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University Ambassadors Scheme coordinator for Geography

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Co-ordinator: Sexuality and the City

Lecturer: Geographies of Well-Being

Lecturer: Culture, Society and Space

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