I am an urban social geographer, with expertise in quantitative methods and Geographical Information Systems and Science (GIS/Sc). My earlier research interests involve the analysis of population census data in order to identify patterns of social deprivation and health inequalities. My more recent work concerns obesogenic environments, such as availability of food outlets and physical activity opportunities, in the context of social/environmental justice.
I was appointed Associate Professor (Reader) with the School of the Built and Natural Environment at Northumbria University in 2010 and I am currently Associate Head of Department. Prior to this I was part of the 'Society, Space and Practice' research group at Newcastle University (2000-2010).
I am actively involved as a member, fellow or chair with various professional organisations and groups, such as the the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), the Urban Design Group (UDG) and the Transport Planning Society (TPS).
Putting my research into practice, I am also involved with charities and volunteer organisations promoting active lifestyles, such as Sustrans, Living Streets, and the Transport and Health Study Group (THSG).
Associate Editor Journal of Transport & Health
Editorial Board: Environment & Planning B
Editorial Advisor, Heliyon