Profile: Jamie Pearce

Jamie Pearce, Reader in Human Geography in the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK. Jamie’s interests include geographical inequalities in health, neighbourhood determinants of health and issues of environmental justice.

Jamie Pearce completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Durham, a Masters degree at the University of Leicester and a Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews. He then moved to Canterbury in early 2003 to take up a lectureship in human geography. He then moved to Edinburgh to take up his present post. Jamie has also been the co-Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory since 2004, which is a research centre established in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The GeoHealth Laboratory undertakes applied research in the areas of health geography, spatial epidemiology and geographical Information Systems.

Jamie’s current interests focus on the social and spatial inequalities in health and policies to narrow these divides, as well as the role of context/local neighbourhood in shaping health outcomes and health-related behaviours. Recently published work has examined the association between income inequality and global health, as well as the polarisation of health inequalities in New Zealand during the 1980s and 1990s, a period of rapid social and economic change. Ongoing research has focused on the role of local context in shaping smoking behaviour, as well as physical activity, diet and nutrition-related health outcomes. He has also undertaken work on environmental justice and pollution in New Zealand. Jamie’s work has been published his work in a range of geographic and public health journals,including Social Science and Medicine, Environment and Planning A, British Medical Journal, Area, Health and Place, International Journal of Epidemiology and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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Updated: March 2009