Profile: Michael Buzzelli

Dr. Michael Buzzelli is Professor of Geography at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Michael’s research interests include conceptual and empirical modelling of social and evironmental determinants of health and socioeconomic inequalities. Michael won the Starkey-Robinson Award from the Canadian Association of Geographers for his PhD dissertation in 2001.

Michael Buzzelli graduated from York University (Toronto) in 1994, with an Honours BA in Geography and Urban Studies, specialising in housing economics. He then completed graduate work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, earning his M.A. in 1997, partly funded by the national Maxwell Studentship of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He earned his Ph.D. at McMaster in 2001, in urban and economic geography. He remained at McMaster for one year on a postdoctoral fellowship to develop his interest in the spatial analysis of environment and health. He then took his first academic appointment as assistant professor in geography at The University of British Columbia where he was also Chair of the Health and Society Programme (2004-2006). Michael then spent a year (2006-7) at Queen’s University.

Substantively Michael’s research focuses on (1) housing (provision and access), (2) environment and human health (primarily ambient health hazard exposure analysis) and (3) methodological issues in the use of spatial analysis/GIS. Michael is a Principal Investigator of Health Canada s Border Air Quality Strategy, a set of studies in the transboundary region of BC/Washington State aimed at developing new methods of air pollution exposure analysis for epidemiologic studies. Michael’s is also currently funded by SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and the British Columbia CDC.

Michael may be contacted at michael.buzzelli@

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Updated: January 2011