Profile: Matthew Smallman-Raynor

Professor Matthew Smallman-Raynor, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. Matthew’s research and teaching interests focus on the spatial epidemiology of both classical and newly emerging infectious diseases.

Matthew Smallman-Raynor was born in Nottingham, England. He earned a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 1988, where he continued to study for a PhD in medical geography under the supervision of Andrew Cliff in the early 1990s. He began his teaching career in the Department of Geography at Exeter University, before moving to his present affiliation in 1996.

A longstanding research collaboration with Andrew Cliff and Peter Haggett has yielded a series of books on the spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases, including The London International Atlas of AIDS (Blackwells, 1992), Measles: An Historical Geography (Blackwells, 1993), Deciphering Global Epidemics (CUP, 1997), Island Epidemics (OUP, 2000) and, most recently, War Epidemics (OUP, 2004), World Atlas of Epidemic Diseases (Arnold, 2004) and Poliomyelitis: A World Geography (2006). Continuing the collaboration with Cliff and Haggett, he is currently working on a monograph concerned with the geographical processes of infectious disease emergence. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to medical geographical research on infectious diseases.

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Updated: February 2008