Professor Jamie Pearce


University of Edinburgh

Adjunct Professor

University of Canterbury


Jamie's work considers social, political and environmental processes affecting social and spatial inequalities in health. His work has focused on the role of place in understanding health outcomes and health-related behaviours. Working at the intersection of human geography, public health and epidemiology, Jamie has particular interests in health related behaviours (e.g. smoking, nutrition, physical activity and obesity), environmental justice and health (e.g. air pollution and multiple environmental deprivation), and macro-level health-related processes (e.g. social and economic inequality). He has completed a number of funded projects that have sought to appreciate the role of the physical and built environments in influencing inequalities in health status.With colleagues at Edinburgh and Glasgow he has established the Centre for Research on Environment, Society & Health (CRESH).

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Could strength of exposure to the residential neighbourhood modify associations between walkability and physical activity? Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 147, 232-241
Housing quality and resilience in New ZealandBuilding Research and Information, 42:2, 2014
Geographies of health inequalityIn The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 710 -717, 2014
An environmental justice framework for understanding neighbourhood inequalities in health and well-beingIn Van Ham M, Manley D, Maclennan D, Bailey N, Simpson L (eds). Neighbourhood effects or neighbourhood based problems? A policy context. Springer Press, 2013
Deprived yet healthy: Neighbourhood-level resilience in New ZealandSocial Science & Medicine, 91, 08/2013
The role of physical activity in the relationship between urban green space and healthPublic Health, 127, 318-324 (2013)
Particulate air pollution and health inequalities: A Europe-wide ecological analysis International Journal of Health Geographies, 12:34, 2013
Neighborhood built environment and transport and leisure physical activity: Findings using objective exposure and outcome measures in New ZealandEnvironmental Health Perspectives, 120, 971-977 (2012)
The ‘blemish of place’: Stigma, geography and health inequalitiesSocial Science and Medicine, 75, 1921-1924 (2012)
Is particulate air pollution associated with health and health inequalities in New Zealand?Health and Place 17, 1137–1143 (2011)
Neighbourhood Destination Accessibility Index: A GIS tool for measuring infrastructure support for neighbourhood physical activityEnvironment and Planning A 43, 205-223 (2011)
Obesity-promoting food environments and the spatial clustering of food outlets around schoolsAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine 40, 113–121 (2011)
Do enhancements to the urban built environment improve physical activity levels among socially disadvantaged populations?International Journal for Equity in Health 10:28 (2011)
Geographies of obesity: Environmental understandings of the obesity epidemicAldershot: Ashgate (2010)
Air pollution and restricted activity days among New Zealand school children and staffInternational Journal of Environment and Pollution 41, 140-154 (2010)
The association between green space and cause-specific mortality in urban New Zealand: an ecological analysis of green space utilityBMC Public Health 10:1, 240, 2010
Environmental inequalities in New Zealand: A national study of air pollution and environmental justiceGeoforum, 39: 980-993 (2008)
The contextual effects of neighbourhood access to supermarkets and convenience stores on individual fruit and vegetable consumptionJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62: 198-201 (2008)
Neighbourhood provision of food and alcohol retailing and social deprivation in urban New ZealandUrban Policy and Research, 26: 213-227 (2008)