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Professor Graham Moon 

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Graham Moon is Professor of Spatial Analysis in Human Geography within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

BA (Geography) Exeter 1978
PhD (Geography) Portsmouth 1982
FAcSS (2011)
HonMFPH (2012)

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2007-date University of Southampton, Professor of Geography
1982-2007 University of Portsmouth, Professor of Health Services Research and University Director of Research

Significant Achievements
Professor Moon collaborated in the development and evolution of the new geography of health and in the introduction of multilevel modelling to geography. More recently his work has had an international impact on smoking cessation policy. He was founding editor and continues as emeritus editor-in-chief of Health and Place, the leading journal for place-related social research on health.

Research interests

  • Place effects on health-related behaviour, particularly smoking, diet and alcohol consumption
  • Applications of multilevel modelling in human geography; small area estimation methods
  • Post-asylum geographies and mental health care delivery
  • Restructuring primary health care provision

Research projects

  • The geography of smoking behaviour (ESRC, Health Development Authority, NHS Health Scotland, Care Quality Commission, Public Health England; with Liz Twigg, University of Portsmouth; Nathaniel Lewis and Megan Davies, University of Southampton)
  • Mental health and residential mobility (ESRC ADRC-E; with Dave Martin and Sam Wilding, University of Southampton)
  • Small area estimation of health indicators (ESRC SDAI, ESRC NCRM; with Liz Twigg, University of Portsmouth; Dianna Smith and Peter Dutey-Magni, University of Southampton)
  • Evaluating the effects of Community Treatment Orders in England using the Mental Health Minimum Data Set (NIHR; with Scott Weich (Sheffield), Craig Duncan (Portsmouth) and others)
  • 'Institutional survival' - the spectral geography of the psychiatric asylum (with Alun Joseph University of Guelph, Canada, and Robin Kearns, University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • The geography of smoking behaviour (ESRC, Health Development Authority, NHS Health Scotland, Care Quality Commission; with Liz Twigg, University of Portsmouth)

I also collaborate with Dianna Smith and Lauren Wilson (Geography and Environment) and Paul Roderick (Public Health) on research into problem drinking, and with Christina Vogel and Janis Baird (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit) and Dianna Smith on research into environmental effects on diet.

Research Groups

Population Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)
Global Health Research Institute
Care theme
Population Health theme
Spatial Population Analysis and Modelling theme
Population Health USRG

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The Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylum

Latest Books

The Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylum (Routledge, 2016). The capstone of over a decade of research with Robin Kearns (Auckland) and Alun Joseph (Guelph) on the diverse fates of former psychiatric asylums in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere.

The last 40 years has seen a significant shift from state commitment to asylum-based mental health care to a mixed economy of care in a variety of locations. In the wake of this deinstitutionalisation, attention to date has focussed on users and providers of care. The consequences for the idea and fabric of the psychiatric asylum have remained 'stones unturned'. This book address an enduring yet under-examined question: what has become of the asylum? Focussing on the 'recycling' of both the idea of the psychiatric asylum and its sites, buildings and landscapes, this book makes theoretical connections to current trends in mental health care and to ideas in cultural/urban geography. The process of closing asylums and how asylums have survived in specific contexts and markets is assessed and consideration given to the enduring attraction of asylum and its repackaging as well as to retained mental health uses on former asylum sites, new uses on former sites, and interpretations of the derelict psychiatric asylum. The key questions examined are the challenges posed in seeking new uses for former asylums, the extent to which re-use can transcend stigma yet sustain memory and how location is critical in shaping the future of asylum and asylum sites.

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Smoking Geographies Space, Place and Tobacco

Smoking Geographies (Wiley 2017) A capstone monograph summarising and extending my research with colleagues in Christchurch, Portsmouth and Edinburgh.

Smoking Geographies provides a research-led assessment of the impact of geographical factors on smoking. The contributors uncover how geography can show us not only why people smoke but also broader issues of tobacco control, providing deeper clarity on how smoking and tobacco is ‘governed’.

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Research project(s)

Care theme

Co-convenor University Population Health Research Group

Steering Group, Global Health Research Institute

Member, ESRC Peer Review College, ESRC Mental Health Expert Group, MQ Data Science Group

Member, Editorial Board, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Founding Editor and Emeritus Editor-in-Chief, Health and Place

Professor Moon served as Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, 2013-2016; Acting Co-Head of Geography and Environment (2012-13); Deputy Head Research and Enterprise, Geography (2010-2013); and Deputy Head Education, Geography (2007-2010). He led the REF2013 submission for Geography and Environment.

Visiting Professor, Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre - La Defense, France (2003/4, 2006/7)


Seelye Professorial Fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2011)

Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2000)

Professor Graham Moon
University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/2071

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