The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Alison Copeland

Lecturer in Human Geography



I am a lecturer in Human Geography specializing in Quantitative Methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My research interests focus on health inequalities, specifically exploring access to health care for the population. I have previous experience in the NHS as a nurse and in Public Health, working for the Learning Disabilities Observatory as part of the North East Public Health Observatory.


BA Urban Studies and Planning (University of Sheffield)

MA GIS and Planning (University of Leeds)

MSc Geography Research (Queen Mary, University of London)

PhD (Queen Mary, University of London)

Research Grants

ESRC PhD individual funding

Memberships and Awards

Member of the Council of Europeanists

Previous Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute

Emerald Literal Network Outstanding Paper Award 2012

I would be interested to hear from any potential PhD students who are interested in spatial inequalities in health or health care provision 


My research Interests focus around health inequalities, in particular spatial dimensions of health access

I am interested in:

  • access to community health care, including GP services and pharmacies
  • waiting times for GP appointments
  • GP funding
  • unplanned hospital admissions
  • general health inequalities, in particular the North/South divide

I use a range of methods including:

  • multiple regression modelling
  • multilevel modelling
  • spatial modelling using GIS


I currently lecture on quantitative methods and social geographies including:

  • GEO1018 Geographical Analysis
  • GEO2014 Key Methods for Human Geographers
  • GEO2110 Social Geographies
  • GEO??     Geographies of Globalization (Borneo) Fieldtrip