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. Dec. 11, 2020The work of Susan Elliott and alumni Joesph Kangmennaang (UNC Charlotte) profiled in Water Research!

    Susan Elliott and alumni Joesph Kangmennaang (UNC Charlotte) work, We are drinking diseases’: Water insecurity and emotional distress in urban slums, has been featured in Issue 9/ Fall 20220 of Water Reseearch.

    You can read the article here.

  2. Nov. 12, 2020New Articles by Susan Elliott 2020

    Elliott, S.J., (2020) *Thompson, C. (2020). Environmental Health. In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd edition. Vol. 4, Elsevier, pp. 213 - 219.  https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10372-5

  3. Nov. 12, 2020New Articles by Leia Minaker 2020

    Buttazzoni, A., Tariq, U., Thompson-Haile, A., Burkhalter, R., Cooke, M., Minaker, L.M. (Accepted). Adolescent gender identity, sexual preference, and cannabis use: potential mediations by internalizing disorder risk. Health Education & Behavior.

    A. Buttazzoni, S. Doherty, L.M. Minaker. (2020). How do Urban Environments Affect Youth Mental Health? A Novel Conceptual Framework to Bridge Public Health, Planning, and Neurourbanism. Public Health Reports.

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  1. Nov. 19, 2020Why do we have to make toilets a human right?

    Collapsed pit latrine on the left and Emergency pit latrine constructed with aluminum roofing sheet on the right in a dispensar in Kisumu, Kenya.

  2. 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...

  3. 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...