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Professor Jamie Pearce


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 recently 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. New!! 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. I continue as co-Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory and I have been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at the same institution.


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 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.

My research has been funded by a range of organisations including the Health Research Council, Diabetes New Zealand, Ministry of Health, Housing New Zealand, and the Heart Foundation (all New Zealand) as well the ESRC, AHRC, and MRC in the UK. I recently co-edited a book (with Karen Witten) entitled Geographies of Obesity: Environmental Understandings of the Obesity Epidemic (published by Ashgate in 2010).

Current research includes a international comparative study of the built environment and health (funded by the European Research Council), an ESRC-funded study 'Multiple Environmental Deprivation and Physical Activity’ (with N Shortt, R Mitchell), an MRC-funded project entitled 'Falls Ageing and Resilience' (with colleagues in Salford, Glasgow and Edinburgh), and a study awarded under the UK cross-council Environmental Exposure and Health Initiative considering the role of air pollution in understanding health inequalities (with University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and St. Georges Hospital, University of London). I continue to work on New Zealand Health Research Council funded research 'Neighbourhoods and Health' (with Massey and Otago Universities). 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 2014.  

I am a member of the Editorial Boards for the journals Health and Place and the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Contact Details

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
Drummond Street

email: jamie.pearce@ed.ac.uk 
Tel: + 44 131 650 2294
Fax: + 44 131 650 2524

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