London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
February 1–April 31, 2011
Daniel Lewis (B.A. Geography, London School of Economics (LSE); M.Sc. Geographic Information Science, University College London (UCL); Ph.D. Geography, UCL) is a Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the Department of Social Environmental and Health Research (SEHR). Lewis work concerns health geography and health inequalities, he works on the ORiEL study (Olympic Regeneration in East London) which aims to evaluate the impact of the urban regeneration associated with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games on the health and wellbeing of young people and their families. The work is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health research programme, the research arm of the UK National Health Service (NHS). Lewis primary research interests include: computational methods in GIS, classification, geovisualization, and, health and medical geography.
Hosted by Keith Clarke, Lewis visited the UCSB Department of Geography between February 1 and April 31, 2011, holding office space in the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies in 3512 Phelps Hall. The primary goal of his visit was to engage with the discourse of “spatially integrated social science” that has lately emerged from the spatial@ucsb directors, Michael Goodchild and Donald Janelle. Engaging with a spatial framing of social justice, distributional fairness, literacy and computational spatial methodologies are core to a better understanding of how health can be delivered efficiently and equitably to a population. Lewis’ other interests include: developing skills with spatial techniques in the Python programming language, expanding his experience in GIScience through seminars and conferences, and broadening his understanding of the U.S. healthcare system through academic engagement. The visit to UCSB was made possible by funding from the U.K.’s Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) award.