Welcome to Geographies of Health in Place

Welcome to the Geographies of Health in Place (GoHelP) lab, led by Susan J. Elliott, PhD, in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.

  1. Nov. 5, 2019Paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

    Congratulations to Leia Minaker on her co-authored paper titled, "Development of a teen-informed coding tool to measure the power of food advertisements". The article is part of the special issue Health promotion: Physical activity and nutrition behaviours in children and youth, and is available online.

  2. Oct. 9, 2019New publication in BMC Public Health

    GoHelP's Jennifer Dean publishes a new paper in collaboration with Toronto Public Health titled, Holding the keys to health? A scoping study of the population health impacts of automated vehicles. Congratulations Jennifer!

  3. Sep. 18, 2019New paper published in Cancer

    Leia Minaker's co-authored paper titled, Is cancer prevention influenced by the built environment? A multidisciplinary scoping review has been published in Cancer. Congratulations Leia!

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  1. May 25 to 29, 2020Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
    Canadian Association of Geographers logo

    2020 Annual General Meeting & Conference

    The 2020 CAG Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, from May 25 to 29, 2020, in conjunction with the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA)...

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  1. June 17, 2019The Waterlupus Hack Experience

    “What’s a hackathon?”

    As we shared our research plans with colleagues and potential participants, we were asked this question many times over the last 6 months! Even after spending so much time learning what to expect through the planning process, the hackathon experience and its outcomes exceeded my expectations.

    Health hackathons are multidisciplinary events that bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to solve key health challenges through a process of co-creation – the term itself combines ‘hack’ (i.e., a solution reached through innovation) and ‘marathon’ (i.e., an event of defined length and concentrated effort), emphasizing the rapid development of small but scalable solutions that can be expanded following the event...

  2. Apr. 22, 2019My PhD journey as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar (QES) with 'diverse titles'
    Collecting water during field work in Kenya

    I am stepping back to write this post after receiving an acceptance note for the final version of my thesis on UWSpace, a University of Waterloo thesis repository. This comes up after successfully defending my PhD Dissertation and incorporating comments from my examiner and the supervisory committee. The time therefore seems quite ripe to really think through the many aspects of my training that worked well and those that did not, and the lessons learned from them. The intention here is to share my experiences as a QES and to demonstrate some approaches that enable me carry through the pressures of being a student, a mother, a wife, and a woman of African origin penetrating the Western culture...

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Meet our people

Susan Elliott standing agaist a white wall.

Susan Elliott


Susan Elliott is a health geographer whose primary area of research focuses on relationships between environment and health, broadly defined...