School of Population Health

Deprivation and Health Geography within NZ

Our team


Associate Professor Daniel Exeter: Dan Exeter is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. He is a quantitative health geographer and has a background in Geographical Information Systems and spatial analysis. Dan’s research uses large datasets such as the census or routine health databases to identify the occurrence of, or potential solutions to inequalities in health. His current research interests focus on the development of online CVD atlases for Auckland (funded by AMRF) and New Zealand (as part of VIEW). Dan co-leads the Vascular Atlas stream of the VIEW programme.


Associate Professor Sue Crengle: Sue Crengle is from Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Kāi Tahu Iwi. She obtained her medical, MPH, and PhD degrees from the University of Auckland. She holds specialty qualifications in general practice and public health medicine. Sue was a recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy 1999–2000. Her research interests include health services research, inequities in health, and child and youth health. Sue is based in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, Dunedin. 

Jinfeng Zhao

Dr Jinfeng Zhao: Jinfeng Zhao is a Research Fellow in Geographic Information Science at the School of Population Health. Her research interests lie in the field of cartography, as well as spatial and spatial-temporal geovisualisation of large dynamic and multivariate data, such as movement and population health data. Her most recent research activities include online mapping of cardiovascular disease information, network analysis for an accessibility study, and the design of spatial data zones for the Exploring the Auckland Region’s Landscape(s) of Deprivation project and for the visualisation of health data.

Dr Arier Chi Lun Lee

Dr Arier Chi Lun Lee: Arier Lee is a Biostatistician at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Her research interests include biostatistics, epidemiology, experimental design, longitudinal data analysis and data visualisation. Her recent research activities include biostatistics support for research on air quality, rheumatoid arthritis and gout, social disparities in blindness and a longitudinal child cohort study.

Michael Browne

Michael Browne: Michael Browne is a geographer who has worked in fields ranging from vaccine data informatics and measuring social deprivation to environmental science. He has contributed to the development of the Global Vaccine Data Network, conducted a school environment survey for Youth19, and managed the development of three deprivation indices for New Zealand. From 2001 to 2009 he led an international nature conservation project called the Global Invasive Species Database.

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Annie Chiang: Annie Chiang is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She obtained her BHSc, BSc, PGDipPH and MPH from The University of Auckland. She is a data analyst with experience working within Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure(IDI). Her research interests include working with Big Data, data and healthcare ethics, and health economics. Annie is currently involved in research related to mental health, hearing health and ethnic minorities.