Profile: Daniel Exeter

Daniel Exeter, Lecturer, Section of Epidemiology Biostatistics, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Daniel’s research interests include geographical health inequalities, spatial analysis, spatial and social epidemiology, and zone design. Daniel was the recipient of the 2005 MGSG Jacques May Thesis Prize.

Daniel Exeter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland in 2004, where he studies geography and ancient history. He then specialised in geographical information systems (GIS) for his Master of Arts, again at Auckland. In his MA thesis, Dan modelled an archetypal infectious disease via a road network in the Auckland region, and developed a ‘cookbook’ guide for visualising epidemiological data.

Following his MA, he worked on a number of health-based projects before embarking on a PhD at St. Andrews. His PhD explored the widening mortality gap between the least and most deprived areas in Scotland. Upon completion of his PhD, Dan spent a year working as a Research Fellow at St. Andrews, examining social distributions of cystic fibrosis in the UK in addition to health inequalities in the West of Scotland. In January 2006, Dan returned to Auckland to take up his present post, teaching social determinants of health and social epidemiology to first year undergraduate students.

Dan’s current research examines the relationship between population change and health inequalities in Scotland, the widening suicide gap among young adults in Scotland, and the geographical clustering of suicide in Scotland. He recently received funding to examine disparities in immunisation against pneumococcal disease among children aged less than 2 years, and the impact of these disparities on the hospitalisation of pneumococcal-related illnesses. He has published articles in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Health Place, Population Trends, Area, and Urban Studies.

Daniel may be contacted at d.exeter

Updated: January 2009