Dr Matthew Hobbs is lead author on a new research paper

A recent international study led by Dr Matthew Hobbs, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory in the Geospatial Research Institute at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), sought to throw some light on these underlying factors. Joining him in the endeavour were UK researchers from the University of Essex, […]

The GRI Director, Prof Matthew Wilson awarded with one of four IIT-Delhi Fellowships

  Te Whare Wānanga of Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) academics have been awarded two of four inaugural IIT-Delhi India-New Zealand Centre Fellowships.  For more information go to:   https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news-and-events/news/2024/iit-delhi-fellowships-awarded-to-university-of-canterbury-resear     Congratulations Matt!  

Andrew Kindom – PhD student took the 1st place at the HRSC Emerging Researcher Awards 2023

On Thursday 26th October, Te Papa Hauora hosted the Health Research Society of Canterbury’s 2023 Emerging Researcher Awards Evening. Andrew Kindom was awarded with the 1st prize, presenting: A geospatial analysis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)  ruptures to guide screening in NZ. Andrew is currently a PhD student at the University of Canterbury – Faculty […]

Using nationwide geospatial data to build a comprehensive understanding of public water supply, quality and inequity in New Zealand

Reliable supply of safe drinking water is vital for human health. Despite this, there is no consistent nationwide spatial dataset of water distribution zones (WDZ) for Aotearoa New Zealand (A-NZ). In this talk, we will outline the development of a nationwide geospatial dataset of WDZ using data compiled from the 67 district and city councils in A-NZ. We will also outline several early use cases for the WDZ dataset.

GRI researcher Dr Matthew Hobbs awarded for research in obesity

Dr Matthew Hobbs, a researcher in the GeoHealth Laboratory within the GRI at the University of Canterbury, was awarded by The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) the New Investigator Public Health Award, which marks out rising stars of obesity and public health in Europe. He received the award at the EASO 2019 Annual Congress on […]


Dr John McCarthy is a Principal Technical Specialist within the Health & Disability Intelligence Group at the Ministry of Health (MoH). In this talk John will be discussing the capability and capacity for geospatial analysis at the MoH, and how geospatial evidence contributes to policy formation and Government priorities. A current project, the development of an Atlas of Cancer Variation for New Zealand, will be presented as a working example.