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Ms. Catherine Tisch

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Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science (with Distinction), University of Canterbury
Graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies (with Distinction), University of Canterbury
Bachelor of Science, University of Canterbury


Since 2012 I have been a Research Assistant in the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh.  

Before I joined CRESH, I was a Research Associate in the GeoHealth Laboratory at the University of Canterbury (UC), Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ).  During this time I researched aspects of the built and physical environment that impact health and made recommendations for how they could be monitored over time as national Environmental Health Indicators for the NZ Ministry of Health (MoH).  I have also worked at the Institute of Environmental Science Research (ESR) in Wellington, NZ as a Health Information Analyst.  During this time I worked in a multidisciplinary group analysing and reporting on notifiable disease trends and contributing to the handling of multi-jurisdictional disease outbreaks for the MoH.  I have a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Geography from UC.  


Research Interests

I am interested in the relationships between the environment and population-level health using spatial analysis techniques.  Inequalities in exposure and health outcomes/ behaviours are a core component of my research.  I collaborate with members of CRESH and colleagues from other University institutions on a number of projects, including:

  • Tobacco retailer mapping component of the DISPLAY study
  • Density of tobacco and alcohol retail outlets across Scotland and associations with adolescent smoking and drinking behaviours (SCPHRP funded)
  • Socioeconomic and geographical inequalities in air pollution across the EU
  • Spatial history of Edinburgh and the Lothian region (part of the Mobility, Mood and Place study)

Research activities & awards

  1. EHPS-Net Meeting Working Group 9 - GIS

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Narrating Archives: New Historical Geographies in Scotland

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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