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Professor Sarah Curtis FBA

Geographies of health and health care; socio-geographical conditions and processes associated with health inequalities and risks for physical and mental health
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About this Fellow

Sarah Curtis is an internationally recognised specialist in the geography of health, health care and wellbeing. Her scholarship explores how and why places matter for human health, and how socio-geographical processes contribute to health inequalities. Her research, supported by national Research Councils and other major funders, includes projects on promoting better well-being and health; adapting health and social care to conditions of climate change; health and economic change 'therapeutic design' of health facilities. She has conducted research in UK, France, Russia, Poland, Canada and the USA. She has a strong track record of service to academic institutions, funders and scientific journals in the UK and abroad. As well as contributing to theoretical development of health geography, her work has strong applied aspects, contributing to health policy development and evaluation of health services. She is involved in knowledge exchange and consultancy with non-academic agencies, such as: UK Climate Change Committee; Public Health England; the World Health Organization, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Department of Environment of Food, and Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, Improvement and Development Agency and the Department of Health UK; public health agencies across England; the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, Canada.



Current post

  • Professor Emeritus, Durham University
  • Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Health and Risk, Geography Department, Durham University, 2006 - 2016
  • Executive Director, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University, 2012 - 2015


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