Neil Hanlon, PhD
Professor of Geography
Adjunct Faculty Member in School of Health Sciences and Northern Medical Program
On sabbatical: July 2016-July 2017
Queen's University at Kingston, 1998 (MA, PhD), Ryerson University (BAA)
Fax: (250) 960-6533
Health geography; rural and remote health and health care; population and social change in resource-dependent communities; spatiality of health care practice
My research interests are in the field of health geography, focusing primarily on formal and informal health service provision in rural and remote locations. I am presently involved in a number of research projects looking at various ways in which processes of health care delivery and place-making interact. These projects include: a longitudinal study of the role of networks and partnerships in bringing about local primary health care transformation and integration; ongoing study of the impacts of distributed medical education programs for recruitment and retention of health professionals in both host and target communities; and an exploratory study of the transformative role of voluntarism and the voluntary sector in aging resource-based communities.
I enjoy sharing my research interests with students at the undergraduate and graduate level. I offer GEOG 308 (Environments of Health and Care), which gives students a grounding in the concepts and techniques of health geography. Senior undergraduate and graduate students may also wish to take GEOG 428/628 (Health Geography in Practice), which requires students to undertake health geography research of their own, either individually or in groups, on mutually agreeable topics.