Dr Flo Harrison

Former Career development fellow

Flo has now left CEDAR and the UEA. For more about her work here, please contact Prof Andy Jones.

Qualifications

  • BSc Environmental Science (UEA)
  • MSc Geographic Information Systems (University of Leicester)
  • PhD Environmental Science (UEA)

Background and experience
Since her time as an undergraduate at UEA Flo has pursued an interest in environmental impacts on human health. She returned to UEA in 2004 after a stint at a London environmental consultancy to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring spatial patterns and environmental associations with cryptosporidiosis outbreaks. She then embarked on a PhD investigating school level correlates with adiposity, diet and physical activity using data from the first phase of the SPEEDY study. Flo assisted in the SPEEDY study; compiling questionnaires, collecting data, and generating objective environmental measures.

Work and interests
Flo was a career development fellow in CEDAR with a specific interest in the environmental determinants of diet and physical activity in children. Her focus was on the role of the school environment and how it may shape health-related behaviour both within and beyond the school gates. She pursued research into the development of novel methods of assessing and describing exposure to the environment, and particularly in how exposures relate to schools.

In addition to research on the built environment, Flo also worked on the more changeable elements of the physical environment, specifically how weather and seasons drive behavioural changes.

Publications