Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Lecturer in Geospatial Health



+44 (0)20 7594 3314d.fecht




529Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





I am a Lecturer in Geospatial Health at the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health.

My research focuses on two themes: 1) Geographical variations in population health, with particular focus on urban systems; and 2) environmental and health inequalities.

The priority of both research themes is to address the future challenges of environmental change and how adaptation and mitigation strategies can help to create fair and healthy places.

Both themes are supported by the development of advanced geospatial methods to harvest and improve emerging information sources and explore spatial patterns of disease.

Many of the studies I lead on, or contribute to have high potential public health impact, often with policy relevance. Communicating my scientific research to a wide audience both within academia and outside academia (e.g. via journalists, NGOs and outreach activities) is a vital part of my work.

As head of the Environmental Exposure Group within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I am also working on the development and application of novel geographical approaches and methods for exposure assessment and environmental health analysis making use of advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods.



Kupcikova Z, Fecht D, Ramakrishnan R, et al., 2021, Road traffic noise and cardiovascular disease risk factors in UK Biobank, European Heart Journal, ISSN:0195-668X

Shoari N, Ezzati M, Doyle YG, et al., 2021, Nowhere to play: available open and green space in Greater London schools, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, ISSN:1099-3460

Hvidtfeldt UA, Chen J, Andersen ZJ, et al., 2021, Long-term exposure to fine particle elemental components and lung cancer incidence in the ELAPSE pooled cohort, Environmental Research, Vol:193, ISSN:0013-9351

Samoli E, Rodopoulou S, Hvidtfeldt UA, et al., 2021, Modeling multi-level survival data in multi-center epidemiological cohort studies: Applications from the ELAPSE project., Environ Int, Vol:147

Fecht D, Osibona O, Solomon B, 2021, Lighting in the home and health: a systematic review, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN:1660-4601

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