Graduate GIS Researcher

  • Job Reference: GBP4894 HealthyPlace
  • Date Posted: 4 September 2019
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Truro, Cornwall
  • Salary: £18,709
  • Sector: Administration, Community & Sport, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Healthy Places is a programme of activity being delivered in partnership by Public Health Dorset, Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council (BCP) and Dorset Council (DC). Healthy Places forms part of the Dorset Integrated Care System’s system wide approach to prevention at scale. The European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS) in Truro is collaborating with Healthy Places on research around the relationships between environments and health. The aims of Healthy Places are:

  • To demonstrate how increasing access to greenspace/natural environments can support health and wellbeing locally.
  • To identify the most effective measures for ‘scaling up’ the contribution greenspace/natural environments make to health and wellbeing.

To support this aim, Healthy Places would like to build on previous collaborative work with the University of Exeter, where the team quantified and created a database of the accessibility by foot of greenspace for the population of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. The aim of the first stage of the work was to identify communities where people are less well served by greenspace, and target future interventions to increase access on areas that could benefit most. We now wish to improve the specificity and richness of the environmental data, classify different environment types, refine the modelling of greenspace access, and link the results to health data.

This work closely relates to wider UEMS research on the role of greenspace in population health and health inequalities informing how evidence can translate into local authority policy and programmes (see e.g.

The purpose of this role is to review and refine the datasets create in the first stage of this work, to link with data on population health status from Dorset Public Health and the local Clinical Commission Groups, and to undertake further GIS analysis of access to greenspace across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. The key tasks for completion are:


Purpose of Role

To refine a spatial analysis of greenspace accessibility across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and rationalise the inclusion/exclusion of blue spaces and beaches in the greenspace layer. 
  • Review greenspace layer naming structure to attribute recognised name where known or greenspace type where missing.
  • Assign 'services' (tranquillity/physical activity/play/social interaction) to greenspace types
  • Review modelling of greenspace access in rural LSOAs for accuracy
  • If required: refine analysis for access to 'green path' greenspace type
  • Undertake analysis of relationship between agreed health outcomes/population characteristics and access to greenspace
  • Contribute to writing reports, presentations and other research outputs.

Training and Development opportunities

  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary academic unit
  • Opportunity to gain experience of practical application of GIS skills
  • Opportunity to gain experience of working with Public Health and Local Government  
  • Opportunity to work with a leading research group in the field of environment and human health

Level of Support

Day to day line management will be provided by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, primarily Dr Becca Lovell and Dr Ben Wheeler. Support and guidance on the project will be provided by Rupert Lloyd, Public Health Dorset Healthy Places co-ordinator and by Public Health Dorset analysts.



  • Recent graduate of UK University in past three years with minimum BSc/BA or equivalent in geography, environmental science or a relevant subject
  • Qualification in or demonstrable experience of using GIS

Skills and Understanding

  • Thorough understanding of the theory and use of GIS, ideally with ESRI ArcGIS and/or QGIS
  • Some understanding of population health

Prior Experience

  • Previous experience of having carried out similar projects working with large datasets in Geographic Information Systems

Behavioural Characteristics/ Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to manage own time and work to deadlines
  • Ability to work with a ‘remote’ project team including stakeholders from Public Health Dorset, Dorset County Council, University of Exeter
  • Available to travel occasionally to meet with project partners



Closing date: 22 Sept 2019

Interview: Sept 2019

Start date: 1 Oct 2019 (or asap thereafter)

End date: 31 Mar 2020


To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: Please send your completed form to us by clicking APPLY NOW