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. Apr. 16, 2021Congratulations Dr. Susan Elliott!
    Susan Elliott Portrait

    Dr. Susan Elliott has won the 2020 Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholorship Award in Health and Medical Geography! This top honour awarded by the American Association of Geographers formally recognizes Susan’s research excellence and contributions to the field of health geography. Big congratulations to Susan!

  2. Feb. 22, 2021New Article by GoHelp Alumna Samantha Biglieri

    GoHelp Alumna Samantha Biglieri has recently had an article published in the Journal of the American Planning Association.

    Biglieri, S. (2021). The Right to (Re)Shape the City. Journal of the American Planning Association. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2020.1852100

  3. Feb. 16, 2021Congratulations to QES Eunice Salubi!

    Eunice’s paper ‘Geospatial Analysis of Cholera Patterns in Nigeria: findings from a cross-sectional study’ has been accepted for publication in BMC Infectious Diseases! Big congratulations to Eunice!

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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...