Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Lecturer



+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 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 Geospatial Health 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.



Wang W, Dack S, Mudway I, et al., 2023, Brownfield land and health: a systematic review of the literature, Plos One, Vol:18, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-15

Hvidtfeldt UA, Chen J, Rodopoulou S, et al., 2023, Long-term air pollution exposure and malignant intracranial tumours of the central nervous system: a pooled analysis of six European cohorts, British Journal of Cancer, Vol:129, ISSN:0007-0920, Pages:656-664

Chamberlain RC, Fecht D, Davies B, et al., 2023, Health effects of Low Emission and Congestion Charging Zones: a systematic review, The Lancet Public Health, Vol:8, ISSN:2468-2667, Pages:e559-e574

Parkes B, Stafoggia M, Fecht D, et al., 2023, Community factors and excess mortality in the COVID-19 pandemic in England, Italy and Sweden, European Journal of Public Health, Vol:33, ISSN:1101-1262, Pages:695-703

Vineis P, Handakas E, Alfano R, et al., 2023, The contribution to policies of an exposome-based approach to childhood obesity, Exposome, Vol:, ISSN:2635-2265

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