Mr. Chris Grundy (LSHTM) is lecturer in Geographical Information Systems at the LSHTM. His background is in civil engineering and he joined the School after gaining an MSc in geographical information systems (GIS). Since then he has been responsible for exploring ways in which GIS can be used in health research and its novel applications in public health, particularly its use in disease surveillance, public health interventions, and in communication of public health messages.
Main areas of research are currently use of GIS by NGOs and local organisation in developing countries. Current projects including using remotely sensed images to estimate refugee populations, looking at how NGOs can use GIS in their routine work and how open source GIS software may help health professionals in their work. In addition, Chris Grundy has been involved in 3 projects funded by Transport for London (TfL) looking at road traffic injury. He has also worked in many aspects public health research, from clustering of diseases around industrial sites, air pollution and asthma, to infant mortality.
In addition, looking at access to services has been part of his research since starting at LSHTM in 1993. Recent research has included looking at how the methods used in developed countries for the last decade can be applied in the developing world and comparing methods or calculating access to services, exploring methods of generating service areas for micro-biology laboratories in England and Wales, and looking at the effect of distance from treatment centre on outcome from heart attacks.