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.



Cai Y, Hansell AL, Granell R, et al., 2020, Prenatal, early-life and childhood exposure to air pollution and lung function: the ALSPAC cohort., American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, ISSN:1073-449X

Sheehan A, Freni Sterrantino A, Fecht D, et al., 2020, Childhood Type 1 diabetes: an environment wide association study across England, Diabetologia, ISSN:0012-186X

Parkes B, Hansell AL, Ghosh R, et al., 2020, Risk of congenital anomalies near municipal waste incinerators in England and Scotland: retrospective population-based cohort study, Environment International, Vol:134, ISSN:0160-4120


Gulliver J, Morley D, Fecht D, et al., 2020, Feasibility study for using the CNOSSOS-EU road traffic noise prediction model with low resolution inputs for exposure estimation on a Europe-wide scale, Pages:481-486

Halonen J, Hansell A, Gulliver J, et al., 2020, Associations of road traffic noise with mortality and hospital admissions in London, Pages:119-123

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