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Dr Seraphim Alvanides

Seraphim is an urban social geographer, with expertise in quantitative methods and Geographical Information Systems and Science (GIS/Sc). His earlier research interests involve the analysis of population census data in order to identify patterns of social deprivation and health inequalities. His more recent work concerns obesogenic environments, such as availability of food outlets and physical activity opportunities, in the context of social/environmental justice.

Seraphim was appointed Reader with the School of the Built and Natural Environment at Northumbria University in September 2010. Prior to this he was part of the 'Society, Space and Practice' research group at Newcastle University (until August 2010).

Seraphim is actively involved as a member, fellow or chair with various professional organisations and groups, such as the the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), the Urban Design Group (UDG) and the Transport Planning Society (TPS). He is currently the Chair of the GISc Research Group of the RGS-IBG.

Putting research into practice, Seraphim is also involved with charities and volunteer organisations promoting active lifestyles, such as Sustrans, Living Streets, NEAT (North East Active Travel) and the Transport and Health Study Group (THSG).