University of Calgary

Stefania Bertazzon

  • Professor
  • +1 (403) 220-7355


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.

Selected Current Projects and Prospective Students

  • Spatial analysis of air pollution, active transportation, and schools. Positions available. 
  • Spatial and local dynamics of COVID-19 transmission. Positions available.  
  • I am interested in a post-doc in geography or related disciplines, for a project on landscape spatial and temporal variability and change. Advanced knowledge and ability to work independently with GIS, Python programming, and spatial statistics are required. Interested individuals with the appropriate background are encouraged to email me. 

For any prospective student, I am looking for people  interested in human, health, and environmental applications, with a solid background in quantitative methods and a keen interest in critical and novel applications. 

Interested individuals with appropriate background and research interests are welcome to send me an email with reference "Spatial Analysis".

Research Team

  • Isabelle Couloigner, Research Associate
  • Richard Wong, MGIS Student
  • Caitlin Calder-Bellamy, Summer Student
  • Mojgan Mirzaei, PhD Graduate
  • Rizwan Shahid, Collaborator

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

Research Interests

Spatial analysis

Representation of space

Critical spatial science 

Spatial thinking in public health

Geography of health

Air pollution modelling

Environmental pollution and public health  

Active transportation, children, healthy built environmnent

Spatial and spatiotemporal diffusion and disease transmission

Selected Recent Publications

M. Mirzaei, S. Bertazzon, I. Couloigner, B. Farjad, R. Ngom, 2020. Estimation of Local Daily PM2.5 Concentration during Wildfire Episodes: Integrating MODIS AOD with Multivariate Linear Mixed Effect (LME) Models. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 13:173-185

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, 33(7):1335-1354

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"

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

K. Eccles, S. Checkley, D. Sjogren, H. Barkema, S. Bertazzon, 2017. Lessons learned from the 2013 Calgary flood: assessing risk of drinking water well contamination. Applied Geography. 80:78-85

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

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