Profile: Clive Sabel

Dr. Clive Sabel, Reader in Quantitative Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Exeter, UK. Clive’s research interests tend to focus on methodological aspects of Geographic Information Science, often applied within the health geography field.

Clive Sabel is a native of Devon, England. He studied for his BSc (Honors) in Geography at Lancaster University, then his MSc in GIS at Edinburgh University, before returning to Lancaster for his PhD in GIS, Health and Environmental Exposure, supervised by Professor Tony Gatrell. His dissertation explored individual level motor neurone disease data from England and Finland. Clive has held two post-doctoral fellowships, one at the School of Geography Geosciences, at St. Andrews University, and the other at the Centre for Family Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He moved to Canterbury in early 2004 to take up a lectureship in GIS. Clive’s major research contributions, broadly in the fields of GISc and spatial epidemiology, centre around four interlinked research areas: developing GIS spatial analysis techniques and methodologies (particularly point-pattern analyses); disease cluster detection; the quantitative spatial analysis and interpretation of large epidemiological, socio-economic and environmental datasets; and investigating the role of population migration or mobility in environmental exposure studies. He is particularly interested in the exploratory spatial data analysis of individual level data.

Recently published work has appeared in a range of international geographic and public health journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Health Place, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, American Journal of Epidemiology and Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. Clive has also recently published book chapters on clustering of disease and the role of mobile technology on accessing health services. Current research projects include a large study, funded by the NZ Health Research Council, to investigate the prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis in New Zealand, and in particular, to investigate the effect of residential latitude exposure on MS. A further project is investigating the spatial-temporal modelling of road traffic accidents in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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