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Dr Seraphim Alvanides

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment


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

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

I am 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). I am currently the Chair of the GISc Research Group of the RGS-IBG.

Putting my research into practice, I am 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).


  • Geography PhD March 31 2000
  • Information not provided Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBS) 2000

Key Publications

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  • Evidence from big data in obesity research: international case studies, Wilkins, E., Aravani, A., Downing, A., Drewnowski, A., Griffiths, C., Zwolinski, S., Birkin, M., Alvanides, S., Morris, M. 27 Jan 2020, In: International Journal of Obesity
  • Correlates of children’s travel to school in Johannesburg-Soweto—Evidence from the Birth to Twenty Plus (Bt20+) study, South Africa, De Kadt, J., Van Heerden, A., Richter, L., Alvanides, S. 1 Jul 2019, In: International Journal of Educational Development
  • Spatial segregation and urban form in Mexican cities, Garnica-Monroy, R., Alvanides, S. 1 Sep 2019, In: Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
  • Going peripatetic, Alvanides, S. Jun 2018, In: Journal of Transport and Health
  • Investigating the bilingual landscape of the Marshall Islands, Buchstaller, I., Alvanides, S. 20 Dec 2018, Expanding the Linguistic Landscape, Channel View Publications
  • Children's active transport, Alvanides, S. 1 Sep 2017, In: Journal of Transport & Health
  • Considerations of Privacy, Ethics and Legal Issues in Volunteered Geographic Information, Mooney, P., Olteanu-Raimond, A., Touya, G., Juul, N., Alvanides, S., Kerle, N. 11 Sep 2017, Mapping and the Citizen Sensor, Ubiquity Press
  • Tools and practices for understanding and promoting walking and walkability, Dannenberg, A., Kraft, K., Alvanides, S. 19 Jun 2017, In: Journal of Transport & Health
  • Determinants of urban sprawl in European cities, Oueslati, W., Alvanides, S., Garrod, G. Jul 2015, In: Urban Studies
  • Estimating the Effects of Light Rail Transit (LRT) System on Residential Property Values Using Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR), Dziauddin, M., Powe, N., Alvanides, S. Mar 2015, In: Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy

PGR Supervision

  • Onaopepo Adeniyi Capability Maturity Model for Assessing Flood Resilience Capabilities of the Built Environment Start: 18/05/2016
  • Michele Victoria Developing Decision Support Models for Early Stage Embodied Carbon Management in Buildings Start: 18/05/2016
  • Mohammed Alqarni Developing a Framework to Improve the Implementation of Geospatial Technology in the Planning and Delivery of Infrastructure for Residential Areas in Saudi Arabia: A Case Study of Riyadh City Start: 07/01/2014

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