UCL Department of Geography


Anwar Musah

I am a Lecturer in Social and Geographic Data Science at UCL's Department of Geography. I have long been interested in the application of statistical modelling, geospatial analysis, and data science mainly to the domains of epidemiology, disaster risk reduction and social science (with a regional focus on the Global South).

I currently do research on the impacts of climate change on infectious diseases (e.g., cholera, mosquito-borne arboviruses) and non-communicable outcomes (e.g., adverse pregnancy events).

More about Dr Musah

My background is interdisciplinary, I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics (Brunel University: 2004-07). I went on to pursue a master’s degree in Epidemiology (Imperial College London: 2010-11) where I became passionate about environmental and spatial epidemiology. I further attained a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham (2013-16). 

My career trajectory to date, and expertise in statistics, epidemiology and GIS, have granted me the opportunity to work on high-impact collaborative research at the LSHTM (2016-2018) and at UCL (IRDR and Geography); these research projects spanned from infectious disease epidemiology; medical entomology; disaster risk sciences and environmental criminology. For me, what all these projects had in common was focusing on combating the burden of adverse events, development, and capacity building. 


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    Research Interests

    My research interests centre around geographies of health with a core focus on the application of statistics, epidemiology, and GIS to complex spatially-referenced population datasets. To date, I have applied these skills predominantly to key research areas of infectious neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Brazil and Nigeria. Additionally, I have applied my expertise beyond the domains of epidemiology and public health, I have worked on collaborative projects focused on environmental criminology in Nigeria, Airbnb and housing markets in the UK, as well as disaster risk reduction sciences concerning the burden of domestic and wildfire hazards in the UK. 

    Right now, I am conducting research on tackling the impacts of climate change, sanitation, and anthropogenic activities on various infectious diseases such as Cholera outbreaks in Nigeria, and mosquito arboviruses linked to Zika in Brazil. I am also currently performing a global-scale investigation on the broader impacts of climate change on adverse pregnancy outcomes throughout the Global South.

    Research Students

    Current research students  

    • Rob Davidson: An Atlas of Health and Social Inequalities  
    • Aisha Aldosery: Digital Intervention Tools for Mosquito Surveillance, with Case Studies in Portugal and Brazil 
    Research Grants, Prizes and Awards
    • £5,000.00, (2023) Global Engagement Fund: Reducing the burden of waterborne diseases due to poor WASH in flood-prone areas in Ghana; Anwar Musah (PI), Luiza Campos (Co-I) and Mumuni Abu (Co-I)
    • £3,973.00, (2018) Global Engagement Fund: Development Frontiers in Crime and Urban Poverty in Nigeria; Anwar Musah (PI), James Cheshire (Co-I) and Tatiana Thieme (Co-I)
    • £9,919.47, (2021) British Academy Talent Development Awards: GPU-based analysis for social and geographic applications; Justin van Dijk (PI), Stephen Law (Co-I) and Anwar Musah (Co-I)  
    • £19,345.73, (2022) NERC Discipline Hopping for the Climate Emergency: Climate change and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a data-driven global-scale investigation (GESTATION); Mohammed Shamsudduha (PI) and Anwar Musah (Co-I)