Prof Sarah Curtis


Sarah Curtis (FBA, FAcSS, FRGS, PDhil) is Honorary Professor and visiting researcher with CRESH, and she is working with other members of the team on longitudinal data relating to health and health determinants, using sources including the Scottish Longitudinal Study. Recent research publications in collaboration with the CRESH group include:

Curtis, S., Pearce, J., Cherrie, M., Dibben, C., Cunningham, N., Bambra, C. (2019) Changing labour market conditions during the ‘great recession’ and mental health in Scotland 2007-2011: an example using the Scottish Longitudinal Study and data for local areas in Scotland, Social Science and Medicine, 227, p 1-9.

Curtis, S., Cunningham, N., Pearce, J., Congdon, P., Cherrie, M., Atkinson, S. (2021) Trajectories in mental health and socio-spatial conditions in a time of recession and austerity: a longitudinal study in England 2011-17. Social Science and Medicine (in press)

Curtis., S. (2021) Emergent global pandemic risks, complex systems and population health, in Andrews, G, Crooks, V, Pearce, J., Messina, J.  (Eds) COVID-19 and Similar Futures, Geographical perspectives, issues and agendas, USA, Springer. In press.

Sarah is also Professor Emeritus at Durham University, UK where she was previously Professor of Health and Risk and directed the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience.  Her research explores how and why places matter for people’s health.  Her research elucidates the social, economic and environmental processes relating to geographic inequalities in health. Her extensive publications include: Space, Place and Mental Health, Ashgate, 2010; Health and Inequality: Geographical Perspectives, Sage, 2004; J., Caiado, C., Goldstein, M., Straughan, B., Curtis, S. Tipping Points: Modelling Social Problems and Health,  Wiley, 2015;  Bennett, P., Calman, K., Curtis, S. & Fishbacher-Smith, D. Risk Communication and Public Health. Oxford University Press, 2009. Her knowledge exchange and consultancy has impacted on the work of public health agencies nationally and internationally.

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