School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

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 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 recently completed a book for the Wiley RGS-IBG Book Series 'Smoking Geographies: Space, Place and Tobacco’ (with G Moon, L Twigg, L Thompson and R Barnett).  

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:

  • 2013-18 Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland (ADLS-S). Funded by ESRC for 6,485,292 (with C Dibben (PI) J Pearce et al.) ES/L007487/1
  • 2013-16 The policy challenges of tobacco control: Implications for public and global health. Funded by ESRC (Research Seminars Competition) for 29,763 (J Collin (PI) A Amos, L Bauld, M de Andrade, G Hastings, S Hill, C Holden, J Pearce, C Rooke, K Smith).
  • 2013-16 Mobility, Mood and Place: a user-centred approach to design of built environments to make mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people. Funded by EPSRC for 1,273,657 (C Ward Thompson (PI), J Roe, I Deary, I Scott, J Pearce, R Coyne, P Aspinall, G Mead, N Shortt, A Tinker and N Thin). EP/K037404/1.
  • 2013 Geographical inequalities in air pollution in the EU. Funded by British Heart Foundation for 22,982 (J Pearce, N Shortt, R Mitchell).
  • 2012-15 Scottish Health and Ethnicity linkage study (SHELS): Examining inequalities in all mortality all hospitalisation infectious and parasitic disease injury and  poisoning and bowel screening. Funded by Chief Scientist’s Office for 235,000 (with R. Bhopal (PI), C Fischbacher, J Pearce, A Sheikh, C Povey).
  • 2012-15 Designing and managing forests for health. ESRC-Scottish Government PhD Studentship. 60,000 (J Pearce (PI), C Ward Thompson, N Shortt).
  • 2012-17 Determining the Impact of Smoking Point of Sale Legislation Among Youth (DISPLAY) Study. Funded by NIHR for 1,543,345 (S Haw (PI), A Amos, D Eadie, J Pearce, M Stead, W van der Sluijs). 10/3000/07.
  • 2012-3 Youth tobacco and alcohol environments in Scotland and the relationship with risky behaviours for 52,850 (N Shortt (PI), J Pearce, R Mitchell, J Mooney).
  • 2011-16 Physical Built Environments and Health Inequalities Funded by European Research Council for 1,399,570 (J Pearce (PI), N Shortt, R Mitchell). ERC-2010-StG Grant 263501 PHYBEHI.
  • 2011-14 Air pollution and weather-related health impacts: methodological study based on spatio-temporally disaggregated multi-pollutant models. Funded by Environmental Exposures & Health Initiative (NERC, MRC ESRC, Department of Health, and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) for 1,800,000 (P. Wilkinson (PI), R. Doherty, M Heal, M Davies, J Pearce, I Beverland, I Ridley, D Mumovic). NE/I007849/1.
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

Tel: + 44 131 650 2294
Fax: + 44 131 650 2524