Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Research Officer



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After working in the private and public sectors, and then as a Demonstrator in GIS at Canterbury Christ Church University, I joined Imperial College London in August 2003 as a Research Officer in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health.  I switched to honorary status in 2005 and since then I have worked as Senior Editor of Papers from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, been a Research Associate in GIS at Kingston University, and then later Lecturer in GIS and Human Geography at Kingston University.  My teaching contributions here at Imperial over the years have been on the Master of Public Health, MSc in Modern Epidemiology, BSc in Biology and BSc in Global Health courses.  

My consultancy, peer-review, research and teaching activities have primarily focused on the application of geographical techniques such as spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation in the following areas:-

Epidemiology, health services research and public health

Built environment studies

Natural hazards and disaster management

Landscape and historical ecology

My non-health related publications are immediately below; health-related publications are at the bottom of this page.

Research papers

Walford N, Samarasundera E, Phillips J, Hockey A, Foreman N (2011). Older people's navigation of urban areas as pedestrians: measuring quality of the built environment using oral narratives and virtual routes. Landscape and Urban Planning 100:163-168.

Book chapters and sections

Samarasundera E (2007). Towards a dynamic ecosystem model for the Neolithic upper Allen valley. In: French C, Lewis H, Allen M, Green M, Scaife R and Gardiner J (eds.), Prehistoric Landscape Development and Human Impact in the Upper Allen Valley, Cranborne Chase, Dorset. Cambridge: McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research.



Samarasundera E, Hansell A, Leibovici D, et al., 2014, Geological hazards: From early warning systems to public health toolkits, Health & Place, Vol:30, ISSN:1353-8292, Pages:116-119

Lovett DA, Poots AJ, Clements JTC, et al., 2014, Using geographical information systems and cartograms as a health service quality improvement tool, Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, Vol:10, ISSN:1877-5845, Pages:67-74

Green SA, Poots AJ, Marcano-Belisario J, et al., 2012, Mapping mental health service access: achieving equity through quality improvement, Journal of Public Health

Koenig A, Samarasundera E, Cheng T, 2011, Interactive map communication: Pilot study of the visual perceptions and preferences of public health practitioners, Public Health, Vol:125, ISSN:0033-3506, Pages:554-560

Dalton ARH, Soljak M, Samarasundera E, et al., 2011, Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk amongst the population eligible for the NHS Health Check Programme

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