UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Dr Anwar Musah

Dr Anwar Musah

Lecturer in Social and Geographic Data Science

Dept of Geography

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2021

Research summary

Anwar currently works on the Zika Project in UCL-IRDR's Centre for Digital Public Health & Emergencies. The project aims to develop models for the spatial prediction of mosquito populations that transmit arboviruses in Brazil. The overarching goal is to integrate these predictions to an early warning system for areas with potential mosquito infestation which, in turn, can be used by Brazilian environmental agents for implementing vector control measures.

Teaching summary

Anwar is the co-convenor for the postgraduate module code IRDR0004 (Data Analysis & Interpretation). He delivers lectures on Nonparametric Statistics; Univariable & Multivariable Regression; and Research Methods and Study Design. He leads the practical tutorials for programming in R/Rstudio. He is also one of the MSc dissertation project supervisors on the module code IRDR0012 (Risk, Disaster and Resilience Research Project). He has supervised the following projects:

  • Spatial-temporal analysis of dwelling fire and risk in England (2019/20). 
  • Forecasting the burden of mosquito-borne arboviruses, using routine data from the Centre of Environmental Surveillance in Recife, Brazil (2019/20)


Anwar Musah is a postdoc at UCL's Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR). He has attained a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Nottingham, where his thesis explored the impacts of environmental exposure to harmful soil heavy metals and cancer risk in the British population. Broadly, his research interests focus on the application of statistical modelling, geospatial analysis and data science to public health and social sciences (with a regional focus on the Global South). His interdisciplinary background to date has led him to apply these to areas of infectious disease epidemiology (e.g. cholera, soil-transmitted helminths & schistosomiasis); medical entomology (e.g. surveillance of arboviruses in Brazil); quantitative criminology in Nigeria; and Airbnb & UK house prices.