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Stefania Bertazzon

  • Professor
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Prior to joining the Department of Geography I worked in the financial and retail sectors. I held contracts with the private industry and research institutes, and participated in several European Union funded projects. I held teaching appointments ith Italy and Germany.

Research Interests

My research focuses on health geography. My work on environmental and socioeconomic determinants of health includes land use regression (LUR) models to estimate air pollution at fine spatial scale, models of ocean pollution and maritime activities, and analyses of the association of health, socio-economic status, and the built environment. I collaborate on a variety of health research projects, contributing to address questions of location, accessibility, and the spatial determinants of health. My research in GIS and spatial statistical analysis helps to increase the reliability of spatial models.

Research Groups

Member of the O' Brien Institute of Public Health (OIPH)

Co-Leader of the OIPH GOH (Geography of Health and GIS Analysis) Research Group

Selected Recent Publications

S. Bertazzon & R. Shahid, 2017. Schools, air pollution, and active transportation. An exploratory spatial analysis of Calgary, Canada. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(8): 834 (16 pp.). Special issue: "Spatial Modelling for Public Health Research”.

C.H. Fox, P.D. O’Hara, S. Bertazzon, K. Morgan, F. Underwood, P.C. Paquet, 2016. A preliminary spatial assessment of risk: marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada's Pacific coast. Science of the Total Environment. 573 799-809.

X. Liu, S. Bertazzon, 2016. Fine scale spatiotemporal modelling of urban air pollution. Miller et al., Eds., Proceedings of GIScience 2016. The Ninth International Conference on Geographic Information Science. Volume 9927 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 210–224. Montreal, Canada, September 27-30, 2016.

S. Bertazzon, M. Johnson, K. Eccles, G. Kaplan, 2015. Accounting for spatial effects in land use regression for urban air pollution modelling. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, 14-15:9-21.

J. Zhang, L. Sun, O. Barrett, S. Bertazzon, F. Underwood, M. Johnson, 2015. Development of land-use regression models for metals associated with airborne particulate matter in a North American city. Atmospheric Environment, 106:165-177.

S. Bertazzon, P. D. O’Hara, O. Barrett, N. Serra, 2014. Geospatial analysis of oil discharges observed by the National Aerial Surveillance Program in the Canadian Pacific Ocean. Applied Geography, 52:78-89.


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