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I am interested in internal and external collaborations where geospatial information can provide benefits to local communities facing challenges in public health as a result of environmental change.
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Research Interests

My research interests are largely interdisciplinary, centring around the themes of climate, environment and spatial epidemiology in conjunction with the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing. The majority of my current work focuses on the impact of climate and climate change on malaria dynamics in Tanzania, both present and future.

A crucial element of work I undertake is that the data and outputs can provide spatially detailed information to contribute to informed decision making. I am interested in internal and external collaborations where geospatial information can provide benefits to local communities facing challenges in public health as a result of environmental change.

Latest / Proudest Achievement 

My latest achievement is the successful completion of a Diploma in Assessing Public Health in Emergency Scenarios (APHES) from the Centre for Research into the Epidemiology of Disasters at the University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Alongside achieving my diploma as one of the youngest members of the cohort, I secured ERASMUS PLUS Mobility funding to attend this two-week course.

Completion of the diploma has widened my research scope, providing me with a more informed view of disease risk in relation to environmental change immediately following natural disasters, in comparison to my previous exploration of long-term impacts related to environmental change.

have used this combination of existing and new knowledge to develop a new level six module titled “Environment, Poverty and Health” providing the department with a health and medical geographies module for students.

My proudest achievement does differ to the above in that I am proud to have not only been the first in my family to go to university, but to have also progressed from my BSc straight to PhD and completed this on time at the age of 25, after three years of incredibly hard work. In doing this, I hope to demonstrate that an individual’s socioeconomic background does not dictate their academic ability and should not prevent anyone from achieving their aspirations in higher education.

Further information

  • I have been successful in obtaining ERASMUS mobility funding for further development totalling approximately £2000.  
  • As an early career researcher, I am currently in the process of considering my next project and applying for research funding. I am actively seeking new projects and collaborations.
  • My current publication can be found at: https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/wea.3022

 

Contact 

Dr Rachael Reynolds 

Lecturer in Geography and GIS

Department of Geography and International Development

Faculty of Faculty of Social Sciences

Email: r.reynolds@chester.ac.uk

Twitter: @SpatialRachael

Website: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/departments/geography-and-international-development/staff/rachael-reynolds