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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Research Group: Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Currently Active: 

We combine expertise in population, health and wellbeing with the application of technical excellence in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial analysis and qualitative methods. The group has attracted significant support from the UK Research Councils and international charities. Members have ongoing advisory roles with UK and overseas governments as well as international agencies. The renowned WorldPop Team is part of PheW.

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

Current research priorities

Spatial analysis and population modelling

Population health

Cultures, spaces and practices of care and wellbeing

Main areas of expertise

Health Geography

Population Geography

Geographical Data Science

Goals and plans for the future

PHeW will continue work on time-space population geographies and future population measurement systems. It will continue to grow its global leadership in population health through its high impact population and disease mapping projects and through novel work on health related behaviours prompting deeper understanding of place effects. Its focus on care for vulnerable and marginalised groups will benefit from enhanced public engagement and a concern for human-animal relations

Notable projects





Research funding

ESRC, MRC, AHRC, EPSRC, NERC, NIHR, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Flowminder Foundation

Associated research themes

Spatial analysis and population modelling

Population health

Cultures, spaces and practices of care and wellbeing

Key Facts

  • One of the largest groups of health geographers in the world
  • Includes the globally-renowned WorldPop group
  • Close linkages to the UK Office for National Statistics


Book Chapter

List of related projects to Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)
Related ProjectsStatus
SPIRIT (Southampton Platform for Inclusive Research and Ideas Transaction)Active
Enhancing Understanding of Domestic Groundwater Quality and Contamination Hazards in Greater AccraActive
Estimating Health Census Geographies: Using Synthetic Estimation with Secondary Survey and Census DataActive
GRID3 (Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development)Active
Monitoring Outbreak events for Disease surveillance in a data science contextActive
National Centre for Research MethodsActive
Novel Bayesian Time Series Regression Methods For Estimating National Immunization CoverageActive
OneHealthWater: Drinking-water under a “One Health” lens - quantifying microbial contamination pathways between livestock and drinking-waterActive
Care themeActive
Population Health themeActive
Spatial Population Analysis and Modelling themeActive
Mapping seasonal denominator dynamics in low and middle income settings (Seasonality)Active
UK Data ServiceActive
Urban Drinking Water and Health Outcomes - Early Phase Study for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Accra, GhanaActive
The Wessex FRIEND Toolbox (Family Risk IdEntificatioN and Decision)Active
Workplace ZonesActive
Mapping Zero-Dose Populations: conflict, remote, rural, urban poor (Zero Dose)Active
High resolution global mapping of women of childbearing age, pregnancies and births for Zika burden estimationDormant
Malaria Eliminations - Mobility and Connectivity Mapping (Years 1-4)Dormant
Mapping gender-disaggregated migration movements at subnational scales in and between low- and middle-income countriesDormant
MAUPP (Modelling and forecasting African Urban Population Patterns)Dormant
Nuclear FamiliesDormant
ReStore-Sustaining Online ResourcesDormant
Seasonal drivers of human movement and aggregation in a changing climate: consequences for infectious disease dynamics and controlDormant
Population24/7: Space–Time Specific Population Surface ModellingDormant
Sustaining groundwater safety in peri-urban areasDormant
Use of novel modeling approaches to improve measles and rubella vaccination strategies (VaxPop)Dormant
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