Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation

Social Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group

The Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group (SEERG), academically situated within the School of Health Sciences, is a leading inter-disciplinary population research group at the forefront of:

Outcomes include overweight and obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and glycaemic disease, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, adverse birth outcomes, mortality, and antecedents of these.

Specific themes concern health and the contextual features of neighbourhoods, and the work and home environments to which people are exposed in daily living including social factors (crime, disorder, poverty, culture and social networks), physical factors (heat, noise, air, water, precipitation), and the built environment (residential density, transport networks, public transit systems, health care, food sources, and opportunities for recreation, physical activity and cultural pursuits). Understanding such relationships and their underlying biological mechanisms is necessary for policy interventions which support changing community environments to enable people, individually and collectively, to optimise their potential, and to live healthfully and with quality of life.

SEERG comprises 15-20 personnel including Higher Degree by Research (HDR)(PhD) students and Research Fellows, Senior Research Fellows, Associate Professors and the Head: Professor Mark Daniel. SEERG has extensive local and international research and training opportunities for interested HDR applicants. 

Key Collaborators


  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • The University of Adelaide
    Australian Population and Migration Research Centre
    The Health Observatory, Basil Hetzel Institute
    Population Research & Outcome Studies
  • Charles Darwin University
    Menzies School of Health Research
  • The University of Melbourne
    Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, School of Population Health
  • Monash University
    Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
    Centre for Indigenous Vascular and Diabetes Research
  • Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia
  • SA Department of Health
    Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Initiative
  • National Heart Foundation of Australia (SA Division)
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service, Central Operations
  • Arrium (OneSteel)


  • McGill University (Canada)
    Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    McGill World Platform, Department of Management
    Institut universitaire de santé mentale, Hôpital Douglas
  • Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (Canada)
  • Université de Montréal (Canada)
    Départment de médecine sociale et préventive
    Axe santé des populations, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier
  • University of Manitoba (Canada)
    Department of Community Health Services
  • Queen’s University (Canada)
    School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • INCLEN Trust International (India)
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University (India)
    Department of Geography
  • World Health Organisation, South-East Asia Region
  • Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) (France)

Research Students

The Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group welcome queries for potential research students and fellows.

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Visit the Research Students page for information on people currently studying research degrees with the Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group.

Students interested in undertaking research with the Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group should check the Division of Health Sciences research section for information on how to apply.

Research Themes

The Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group conducts local and international research in the areas of:

Contact Us

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Postal address:

Spatial Epidemiology and Evaluation Research Group
School of Population Health and Sansom Institute for Health Research
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471, CWE-48
Adelaide SA 5001

Areas of study and research

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