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 MEWAR Project with UCL-IRDR's Centre for Digital Public Health & Emergencies (and with collaborators in Brazil and Turkey). 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 convenor for the following postgraduate module codes GEOG0114 (Principles of Spatial Analysis) & GEOG0125 (Advanced Topics in Social & Geographic Data Sciences) in the Department of Geography. From time to time, he guest lectures on the module code IRDR0004 (Data Analysis & Interpretation) at UCL's Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction. He supervises (or co-supervise*) the following dissertations:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) based surveillance system for predicting areas of high-risk of mosquito infestation in Brazil* (PhD, 2020/present)
  • Spatial prediction of fire-related hazards in London (2019): a cross-sectional study (MSc, 2020/21)
  • Spatial-temporal analysis of dwelling fire and risk in England (MSc, 2019/20). 
  • Forecasting the burden of mosquito-borne arboviruses, using routine data from the Centre of Environmental Surveillance in Recife, Brazil (MSc, 2019/20)


Anwar Musah is a lecturer at UCL's Department of Geography. 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 primarily to areas of infectious disease epidemiology (e.g. cholera, COVID-19, soil-transmitted helminths & schistosomiasis) and medical entomology (e.g. surveillance of arboviruses in Brazil). He has a growing interest in areas of fire hazards & safety and quantitative criminology from an African perspective.