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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Dr Mark Booth, BSc PhD MA(Cantab) ARCS DIC FRSTMH FRGS

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40416
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 40409
Room number: G005
Development of Teaching and Research Programmes - International Health in the Centre for Integrated Health Care Research
Room number: E103, Wolfson Research Institute, Queens Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

Contact Dr Mark Booth (email at mark.booth@durham.ac.uk)

Social Media

Blog: https://tropicalepidemiology.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @drmarkbooth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tropicalepidemiology/

 

Biography

Mark joined Durham University in 2008 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Tropical Health Geography at the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Mark graduated from Imperial College with a BSc Hons in Zoology. He stayed on to complete a PhD in Biology focusing on the epidemiology and health geography of parasitic infections in developing countries, mainly in Africa. His interest in parasitology continues at Durham with collaborators drawn from within and beyond the University, taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines information from genetics, ecology, geography, ethnography and immunology to yield novel inferences. Simultaneously, Mark has been using his epidemiological background to work in health-related themes of particular relevance to Durham University, including health inequalities in the UK and a broader range of health-related issues in developing countries related to environmental change, including climate change at local, national and international scales. He is actively interested in developing methods of combining biomedical and social research, underpinned by epidemiological principles of study design and inference. Mitigating the effects of changing climates on health through low-carbon transitions in health care settings is a key area of impact-related work.

Mark is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. This reflects his background of working at the nexus of epidemiology and tropical health geography.

 

Healthy Futures Research Project

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Mark is currently undertaking follow-up activities related to the EU FP7 funded 'Healthy Futures' project (ENV.2010.1.2.1-1) that concluded its research phase in Dec 2014.

Research on the disease impacts of future environmental changes is a key component of ensuring global wellbeing. At the 2008 World Health Assembly (WHA), member states of the WHO committed themselves to a series of actions aimed at confronting the health risks associated with environmental change. The proposed actions span a range of activities and disciplines and include both basic and applied research. Resolution 61.19 (2008) calls for the development of improved decision-support, surveillance and monitoring tools for assessing vulnerability to and health impacts of infectious diseases (WHO 2009). The 'Healthy Futures' project is adressing this resolution through a multidisciplinary consortium that will examine the influence of a wide range of environmental, socio-economic and demographic factors on transmission of schistosomiasis, rift valley fever and malaria.

 

Universal Sustainable Habitat Development

The UN General Assembly has declared 2014-24 as the decade of ‘Sustainable Energy for All’. This idea is especially important in Africa where approx. 600 million people rely on charcoal, firewood, diesel and/or kerosene for heat and light and/or powering electrical devices. Poor health, poverty, low-quality education and disempowerment are all outcomes associated with lack of access to sustainable energy. Delivering solar power is part of the solution but there is a need to consider this in the wider context of sustainable development. 

The Universal Sustainable Habitat Development (USHD) is a demand-driven, off-grid and scalable concept that involves building new, or rehabilitating existing, community structures (schools, community centres, health centres, domestic housing, sports grounds etc.) and providing each facility with an integrated array of renewable resources (energy, water, bio-gas) to enable a sustainable environment. The main energy source in each building is likely to be sunlight – captured through photovoltaic panels (solar PV), supplemented by wind and geo-thermal resources where available and required. Also integrated into each building will be water-harvesting facilities, anaerobic digestion units, heat exchange mechanisms and solar-thermal equipment. The internal space will be designed according to wishes of the key-stakeholders and may be focused on one domain (e.g. school) or may cover multiple domains (e.g. community centre). A major component of the concept is the Monitoring & Evaluation, Training, Research and Evaluation (METRE) programme that aims to measure inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts associated with USHD facilities. The USHD offers a highly flexible and cost-effective solution to providing vulnerable communities with sustainable energy as a catalyst for empowerment, good health, high-quality education and economic development.

More information available here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/projects/ushd

 

 

Healthy Futures Atlas

This interactive, online tool will help you consider how vulnerable populations in East Africa might remain at risk of infections from malaria, schistosomiasis and rift valley fever as a result of global warming. Use the atlas to explore how different vulnerabilty indicators may contribute to the overall future risk to populations living in specfic areas. Click on the link below to access the Atlas

http://zgis186.geo.sbg.ac.at/hf_atlas/#

Healthy Futures Atlas

Ruth First Educational Trust

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Mark sits on the Executive Committee for the Trust, which raises money to bring scholars from Southern Africa to Durham for postgraduate (Masters level) studies. More information about the Trust is available from the link below:

 

 

PhD Supervision

Dr Booth co-supervises the following PhD students:

Mildred Ajebon (with Prof Sarah Curtis) - Multiple deprivations and maternal health care in Nigeria

Chandika Shrestha (with Dr Chris Dunn) - The geography of post-disaster mental health and well-being: spatial patterning of vulnerability and resilience factors in Nepal after Gorkha Earthquake, 2015

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2016: Appointed as Associate Editor, PLoSNTDs:
  • 2016: Appointed as External Examiner, University of Liverpool:
  • 2016: Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society:
  • 2016: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene:
  • 2016: WHO expert consultation on sustainable energy solutions to improve health service delivery:
  • 2015: Appointment to Advisory Board, 'Health In Volcanic Emergencies' project:
  • 2015: Elected Executive Board Member, International Society of Geospatial Health:
  • 2014: Appointed to editorial board, Journal of Helminthology:
  • 2014: Keynote presentation, Danish Society of Parasitology Annual Meeting, Copenhagen:
  • 2011: Appointment to Advisory Board, 'Debt on Teesside: Pathways to Financial Inclusion' project:
  • 2011: Guest Editor, Parasitology Special Issue 'Progress in paediatric parasitology':
  • 2010: Conference Organiser, BSP Autumn Symposium on paediatric parasitology:
  • 2008: Appointment as Theme Leader, North East Beacon for Public Engagement:
  • 2008: Awarded MA as Hughes Hall Research Fellow, Cambridge University:
  • 2008: Conference Organiser, BSP Autumn Symposium on parasitic co-infections:
  • 2008: Guest Editor, Parasitology Special Issue 'Parasitic co-infections: challenges and solutions':
  • 2007: Appointment as Director of British Society for Parasitology:
  • 2007: Elected to Appointment as Honorary Communications Officer, British Society for Parasitology:
  • 2004: Apopintment as Director of Elizabeth Philips Hughes Hall Company:
  • 2004: Member, Regent House, Cambridge University:
  • 1994: Wellcome Trust Travel Fellowship award:
  • 1992: Member, British Society for Parasitology:

Research Groups

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Evaluating the County Durham Worklessness and Health Support Programme, County Durham Primary Care Trust, £550,000 (2009-2014)

Research Interests

  • Climate change
  • Diabetes
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Health Geography
  • Health inequalities
  • Health interventions
  • Low energy transitions
  • Parasitology
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable energy and health
  • Tropical Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Medical Geography
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Infectious diseases: I have research interests related to several species of parasitic infections including malaria, bilharzia and soil transmitted helminths
  • Public policy, health and well-being: My background in epidemiology has given me insights into methodological aspects of investigations into public health
  • Africa: I have worked in several countries of East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Ugdanda) on a number of studies related to the epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease
  • Public policy, health and well-being: Global health issues, particularly those relevant to developing countries
  • Infectious diseases: The effect of environmental change on transmission of infectious diseases
  • Weather & climate: The effect of environmental change on transmission of infectious diseases
  • Africa: The effect of environmental change on transmission of infectious diseases
  • Environmental change: The effect of environmental change on transmission of infectious diseases
  • Medical and health research topics: The effect of environmental change on transmission of infectious diseases