Profile: Niamh Shortt

Dr. Niamh Shortt, Lecturer in human geography, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK. Niamh’s primary research interests are spatial inequalities in health, and neighbourhood determinants of health and environmental influences on health.

Niamh Shortt completed her undergraduate geography degree at the University of Ulster and remained there to complete a Ph.D. (2002). Her dissertation explored multiple GIS techniques used to define localities for health care planning. Following graduation Niamh moved to Dublin to take up a position of Research Officer at the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. During her time here Niamh was involved in a range of projects. In particular she assisted in the establishment of the Ireland and Northern Ireland Public Health Observatory and co-lead longitudinal research into fuel poverty, housing and health.

Niamh moved to the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh in 2005 to take up a lectureship in human geography. Her current research with Richard Mitchell, Elizabeth Richardson and Jamie Pearce is exploring the possibility of creating a pilot areal classification of multiple environmental deprivation, akin to the multiple socio-economic deprivation classifications of area utilised in epidemiology. Along with Dan Hammett she is also returning to her housing roots and exploring the health impacts of regeneration in the Cape Town townships as part of Irish charity, the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Niamh teaches Geographies of Health at the undergraduate level and GIS and Health and GIS and Society at the MSc level. Recently published work has appeared in a range of journals including Health and Place, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery, Health and Social Care in the Community and Geojournal.

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Updated: February 2011