Dr Daniela Fecht

Dr Daniela Fecht, Lecturer in Geospatial Health

Job Title and Responsibilities:
Your official job title: Lecturer in Geospatial Health

An overview of your responsibilities:
• Develop and maintain internal and external collaborations that produce new projects of national/international importance
• Carry out GIS-based research including data analysis in SAHSU projects
• Lead on the day-to-day management of SAHSU projects
• Director of the annual 5-day short course in GIS for Public Health (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/school-public-health/study/short-courses/gis-f...)
• Coordinator of the annual 5-day short course in Global Health (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/school-public-health/study/short-courses/globa...)
• Lecture, tutor and supervise MSc and PhD students

Main research projects:
• Mortality and morbidity effects of long-term exposure to low-level PM2.5, black carbon, NO2 and O3: an analysis of European cohorts: Health Effects Institute (HEI)-funded project with European Partners, led by University of Utrecht (https://www.healtheffects.org/research/ongoing-research/mortality-and-mo...)
• Estimation of costs to the NHS and social care due to the health impacts of air pollution: Public Health England (PHE)-funded collaboration with UK Health Forum and Imperial Business School (PI for Imperial)
• Public Health Impact of Climate Change: co-investigator on this NIHR-funded project led by King’s College London (http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/124058/PRO-11-300...)
• Mining big data for environmental epidemiological analyses: Medical Research Council Pump Priming (PI)
• Noise and mental health in a South East London Cohort: in collaboration with Institute of Psychiatry, psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

About Me:
My main research area is environmental epidemiology with particular focus on environmental justice, urban environments and small scale exposure assessment.

Having a background in geography, my research centres on the spatial variability of disease, and more specifically, how factors of the natural, built and social environment affect the health of people living in a particular area and why their health is different from those living in other places.

I am particularly interested in the built environment as a determinant of social and environmental health and how urban design and patterns of green space can benefit human health and wellbeing.
Many of the studies I lead on, or contribute to have high potential public health impact, often with policy relevance. Communicating my scientific research to a wide audience both within academia and outside academia (e.g. via journalists, NGOs and outreach activities) is a vital part of my work.

As a member of the Environmental Exposure Group within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I am also working on the development and application of novel geographical approaches and methods for exposure assessment and environmental health analysis making use of advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods.

PhD, 2011, Imperial College London:  Development and Application of a Simulated Urban System for Geographical Studies of Environmental Health

Professional Memberships and Activities:
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); since 2016
• Member of Scientific Panel, European Commission, European & Global Fellowships: reviewing fellowship proposals; since 2015
• International Society of Exposure Science (ISES); since 2015
• Healthy-Polis: International Consortium of Urban Environmental Health & Sustainability; since 2014
• Active member of the ISEE annual conference Scientific Programme Committee: invited session chair, reviewing and shortlisting of abstracts; since 2013
• International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE); since 2011.


• The built environment
• Health geography
• Social and environmental justice
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis


Selected Publications:

Smith R, Fecht D, Gulliver J, Beevers SD, Dajnak D, Blangiardo M, Ghosh RE, Hansell AL, Kelly FJ, Anderson HR, Toledano MB. Impact of London's road traffic air and noise pollution on birth weight: retrospective population based cohort study. British Medical Journal. 2017; 359.
Fecht D, Fortunato L, Morley D, Hansell AL, Gulliver J. Associations between urban metrics and mortality rates in England. Environ Health. 2016; 15 Suppl 1:34.

Fecht D, Hansell AL, Morley D, Dajnak D, Vienneau D, Beevers S, Toledano MB, Kelly FJ, Anderson HR, Gulliver J.Spatial and temporal associations of road traffic noise and air pollution in London: Implications for epidemiological studies. Environ Int. 2015; 88:235-42.

Fecht D, Fischer P, Fortunato L, Hoek G, de Hoogh K, Marra M, Kruize H, Vienneau D, Beelen R, Hansell A. Associations between air pollution and socioeconomic characteristics, ethnicity and age profile of neighbourhoods in England and the Netherlands.
Environ Pollut. 2015; 198:201-10.

Anderson S-J, Cherutich P, Kilonzo N, Cremin I, Fecht D, Kimanga D, Harper M, Masha RL, Ngongo PB, Maina W, Dybul M, Hallett TB. Maximising the impact of combination HIV prevention through prioritisation the people and places in greatest need: A modelling study. Lancet. 2014; 384:249-56.

Bennett J, Blangiardo M, Fecht D, Elliott P, Ezzati M. Vulnerability to the mortality effects of warm temperature in the districts of England and Wales. Nat Clim Change. 2014; 4:269-73.


Contact Details:
Email: d.fecht@imperial.ac.uk 
Telephone number(s): 020 7594 3314