Biography

I’m a Senior Research Associate working in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. I'm a geographer, specialising in the field of population health, and my research considers the health implications of human interactions with natural and built environments. I evaluate projects and interventions which are designed to inrease physical activity and active travel, and I use geographic data, geographic information systems (GIS) and global satellite navigation systems (eg GPS) to understand behaviour. I work in collaboration with researchers at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) based in Cambridge, England. I'm passionate about the use of GIS and GPS to understand human behaviour and inform strategies to improve health and activity, make us happier, and reduce obesity.

I originally developed my curiosity for understanding the complex interactions between society and the environment during my undergraduate geography (human and physical) degree at the University of Reading. After graduating, I worked as a consultant for Halcrow Group Ltd for five years, where I led mapping projects for the Environment Agency. During this time, I studied for an MSc in Geographical Information Science at Birkbeck College, University of London. My love of research took me to a PhD with the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, England, in the field of sustainable urban form and development. I was enticed to East Anglia with the opportunity to push forward my knowledge and skills for examining human behaviour into the realm of population level public health.

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