University of Calgary

Stefania Bertazzon

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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 Focus

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.

PI of CIHR project: "Walk smart, breathe smart: Mapping urban air pollution and pedestrian pathways for smart walking where the air is cleaner" (Institute for Population and Public Health 


Research Groups

Geospatial Science

Urban & Political Economy

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

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

GOH in the news: GIS day 2017 

Selected Recent Publications


S. Bertazzon, I. Couloigner, F. Underwood, 2019. Spatial land use regression of nitrogen dioxide over a 5-year interval in Calgary, Canada, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2019.1578885

D.Marshall, X. Liu, R. Shahid, S. Bertazzon, J. Seidel, A. Patel, M. Nasr, C. Barber, T. McDonald, R. Sharma, T. Briggs, P. Faris, N. Waters, 2019. Geographic Variation in Osteoarthritis Prevalence in Alberta: A spatial analysis approach. Applied Geography.103:112-121.

M. Mirzaei, S. Bertazzon, I. Couloigner, 2018. Modeling Wildfire Smoke Pollution by Integrating Land Use Regression and Remote Sensing Data: Regional Multi-Temporal Estimates for Public Health and Exposure Models. Atmosphere. 9: 335 (18 pages). Special issue: "Impacts of Air Pollution on Human Health". doi:10.3390/atmos9090335

X. Liu & S. Bertazzon, 2017. Exploratory Temporal and Spatial Analysis of Myocardial Infarction Hospitalizations in Calgary, Canada. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(12): 1555 (20 pp.). Section: “Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion”.

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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