I graduated in Geography from Durham University before completing my postgraduate studies at the Universities of Leicester and St Andrews. I joined the University of Edinburgh as a Reader in Human Geography in early 2009 and was promoted to Professor in 2011. With colleagues at Edinburgh and Glasgow we have established the Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH).
The research of the centre is concerned with exploring how physical and
social environments can influence population health. We are
particularly interested in how aspects of the natural and built
environment can work to improve health. For more information on CRESH click here. You can now follow us on Twitter @CRESHnews and @jamie0pearce
Between 2003-09 I was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I was also founding Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory and have been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at the same institution. I am Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health and Place, and a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
My research centres on social justice and health, and seeks to identify and understand various social, political and physical mechanisms operating at a range of geographical scales that establish and perpetuate spatial inequalities in health. Working at the intersection of human geography, public health and epidemiology, I have particular interests in health related behaviours (e.g. smoking, nutrition, physical activity and obesity), environmental justice and health (e.g. air pollution and multiple environmental deprivation), and macro-level health-related processes (e.g. social and economic inequality). I am currently working on a contracted book for the Wiley RGS-IBG Book
Series 'Smoking Geographies: Space, Place and Tobacco’ (with G Moon, L
Twigg, L Thompson and R Barnett) that is due to be published in 2015.
I have completed a number of funded projects that have sought to appreciate the role of the physical and built environments in influencing inequalities in health status. Current and recent funded projects include:
Professor Jamie Pearce
Professor of Health Geography
Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH)
Institute of Geography
School of GeoSciences
University of Edinburgh
EDINBURGH EH8 9XP
Tel: + 44 131 650 2294
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