Prof Jan Rigby

Geography, Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG)


(01) 708 6181


I am a health geographer with particular interests in spatial epidemiology, inequality, poverty and women's health. I have a background in Geographical Information Systems,and have a strong commitment to capacity building in the use of GIS for health research in poor countries.

Research Interests

health geography, spatial epidemiology, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), poverty

Post Doctoral Fellows / Research Team

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
13546 Geocoding residential addresses


Year Publication
2007 Dorling D, Rigby J, Wheeler B, Ballas D, Thomas B, Fahmy E, Gordon D, Lupton R (2007) Poverty and wealth in Britain 1989-2005 Understanding the transformation of the prospects of places. Bristol: Policy Press.
2001 Gordon D., Lloyd E., Senior M., Rigby J., Shaw M., Ben Shlomo Y. (2001) Targeting Poor Health: Report of the Welsh Assembly’s National Steering Group on the Allocation of NHS Resources. Cardiff: National Assembly for Wales.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2007 Pinto A, Brown V, Chan KW, Chavez IF, Chupraphawan S, Grais RF, Lai PC, Mak SH, Rigby JE, Singhasivanon P (2007) 'Estimating population size using spatial analysis methods' In: Lai PC, Mak ASH(Eds.). GIS for Health and the Environment. Berlin : Springer.
2004 Gatrell AC, Rigby JE (2004) 'Spatial Perspectives in Public Health' In: Goodchild MF, Janelle DG(Eds.). Spatially Integrated Social Science. New York : Oxford University Press.
2001 Thomas C, Rigby J (2001) 'Women's health in Europe: beyond epidemiology?' In: Dyck I, Davis Lewis N, McLafferty S(Eds.). Geographies of Women's Health. London : Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2018 Barry T.;González A.;Conroy N.;Watters P.;Masterson S.;Rigby J.;Bury G. (2018) 'Mapping the potential of community first responders to increase cardiac arrest survival'. Open Heart, 5 (2). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Oviasu O.;Rigby J.;Ballas D. (2016) 'Chronic kidney disease in Nigeria: An evaluation of the spatial accessibility to healthcare for diagnosed cases in Edo state'. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 6 (1):40-44. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Rigby J.;Boyle M.;Brunsdon C.;Charlton M.;Dorling D.;French W.;Noone S.;Pringle D. (2017) 'Towards a geography of health inequalities in Ireland'. Irish Geography, 50 (1):37-58. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Brunsdon C.;Charlton M.;Rigby J. (2018) 'An Open Source Geodemographic Classification of Small Areas in the Republic of Ireland'. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 11 (2):183-204. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 McCann A.;McNulty H.;Rigby J.;Hughes C.;Hoey L.;Molloy A.;Cunningham C.;Casey M.;Tracey F.;O’Kane M.;McCarroll K.;Ward M.;Moore K.;Strain J.;Moore A. (2018) 'Effect of Area-Level Socioeconomic Deprivation on Risk of Cognitive Dysfunction in Older Adults'. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66 (7):1269-1275. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Oviasu Osaretin, Rigby Janette E., Ballas Dimitris (2015) 'Chronic kidney disease in Nigeria: an evaluation of the spatial accessibility to healthcare for diagnosed cases in Edo State'. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 6 :394-398. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Tomintz, MN, Clarke, GP, Rigby, JE, Green JM (2013) 'Optimizing the location of antenatal classes'. Midwifery, 29 :33-43. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Fahmy, E;Gordon, D;Dorling, D;Rigby, J;Wheeler, B (2011) 'Poverty and place in Britain, 1968-99'. Environment and Planning A, 43 :594-617. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Touray, K;Adetifa, IM;Jallow, A;Rigby, J;Jeffries, D;Cheung, YB;Donkor, S;Adegbola, RA;Hill, PC (2010) 'Spatial analysis of tuberculosis in an Urban West African setting: is there evidence of clustering?'. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 15 :664-672. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Leake J.;Adam-Bradford A.;Rigby J. (2009) 'Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source'. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 8 (SUPPL. 1). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Leake JR, Adam-Bradford A, Rigby JE (2009) 'Health benefits of 'grow your own' food in urban areas: implications for contaminated land risk assessment and risk management '. 8 :S1-S6. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Hossain MP, Goyder EC, Rigby JE, El Nahas M (2009) 'CKD and Poverty: a growing global challenge'. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 53 :166-174. [Full-Text]
2009 Tomintz M.;Clarke G.;Rigby J. (2009) 'Planning the location of stop smoking services at the local level: A geographic analysis'. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 4 (2):61-73. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2008 Tomintz MN, Clarke GP, Rigby JE (2008) 'The geography of smoking in Leeds: estimating individual smoking rates and the implications for the location of stop smoking services'. Area, 40 :341-353. [Full-Text]
2008 Bello AK, Peters J, RahmanAA, Rigby J, El Nahas AM (2008) 'Impact of Area Deprivation on CHronic Kidney Disease at Presentation to the Renal Service'. To be added, 3 :1316-1323. [Full-Text]
2008 Fahmy E, Dorling D, Rigby J, Wheeler B, Ballas D, Gordon D, Lupton R (2008) 'Poverty, Wealth and Place in Britian, 1968-2005'. To be added, 97 :11-30. [Full-Text]
2007 Rigby JE, Dorling D (2007) 'Mortality in relation to sex'. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 61 :159-164. [Full-Text]
2007 Dorling D, Rigby JE (2007) 'Net cohort migration in England and Wales: how past birth trends may influence net migration'. To be added, 46 . [Full-Text]
2006 Ballas D, Clarke G, Dorling D, Rigby J, Wheeler B (2006) 'Using geographical information systems and spatial microsimulation for the analysis of health inequalities'. To be added, 12 :65-79. [Full-Text]
2006 Wheeler BW, Rigby JE, Huriwai T (2006) 'Pokies and poverty: problem gambling risk factor geography in New Zealand'. Health and Place, 12 :86-96. [Full-Text]
2006 Pearce J, Dorling D, Wheeler B, Rigby J (2006) 'Geographical Inequalities in health in new Zealand, 1980-2001'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30 :461-466. [Full-Text]
2002 Rigby JE, MOrris J, Stewart M, Lavelle J, Gatrell A (2002) 'Can physical trauma cause breast cancer?'. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 11 :307-311. [Full-Text]
2000 Rigby J.E., Gatrell A.C. (2000) 'Spatial patterns in breast cancer incidence in North West Lancashire'. Area, 32 :71-78. [Full-Text]
1998 Gatrell A, Garnett S, Rigby J, Maddocks A, Kirwan M (1998) 'Uptake of Screening for Breast Cancer in South Lancashire'. Public Health, 112 :297-301. [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2013 Schabus, S;Tomintz, M;Rigby, J (2013) GI_FORUM 2013: CREATING THE GISOCIETY The Influence of Distance and Neighbourhood Surroundings on Children's Travel Mode to School [DOI] [Full-Text]
2005 Rigby J, Skelly C, Tate NJ, Brabyn L, King R, Borman B (2005) Proceedings 10th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research Inequalities in geographical access to healthcare services: using GIS to inform policy planning and implementation
2002 Morrison PS, Callister P, Rigby J (2002) Proceedings NZAE Conference Spatial separation of work-poor and work-rich households in New Zealand 1991-2001
1995 Rigby J, Wainwright D, Maguire S (1995) Proceedings of First European Conference on Health Informatics The potential for primary care data in reginal health planning

Published Report

Year Publication
2011 Harris P, Gelnnon M, Rigby J (2011) Urban soil geochemistry study for the greater Dublin area. .

Magazine Article

Year Publication
2014 Robinson, D;Boyle, G;Feighan, J;Soraghan, C;Dominguez-Villoria, L;Clarke, D;Rigby, J;Lindau, S;Kenny, RA (2014) Mapping Health Services to Meet the Needs of an Ageing Community: The Local Asset Mapping Project (LAMP). LONDON: MA
2012 Robinson, D;Arrigan, M;Gaughan, M;Feighan, J;Boyle, G;Rigby, J;Kenny, RA (2012) Long-Term Care in Dublin City and County: Does Service Provision Match Mapped Need?. LONDON: MA
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers Fellow 01/09/2005 -
Radical Statistics Society Academic/ploicy organisation 01/01/2008 -
Geographical Society of Ireland Professional organisation 01/09/2009 -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2004 Honorary Research Fellow New Zealand Ministry of Health


Committee Function From / To
Academic Discipline Committee Member and interim Chair (2016) 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2016
University Promotions Board member 01/04/2012 - 31/12/2016
5th Province Framework: Health Panel Panel member 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011
Academic Panel & Steering Group of Structured Population and health-services Research Education Panel member 01/09/2015 -
SFI StratAG Governance Board Programme manager 01/09/2009 - 30/01/2013


Client Description
University of Edinburgh External Examiner: Msc Cluster in GIS
Special European Projects Board Advisor on priorities for 2015/6 budget allocation (c€90m)
Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network Strategic Planning for GIS

Outreach Activities

Invited group which meets annually to explore agenda for research priorities.
Invited seminar 'Geographical Perspectives on Ageing, Health & Place' with Dr Ronan Foley
Invited presentation 'The Potential of Geographical Information Systems' [Link]
This project aims to build capacity in the use of GIS in health research in poor countries. This involves training in open source GIS, and minimising the cost to participants. In Phase 1 researchers from Thailand, Malawi and Kenya were brought to Maynooth, trained, and then brought this work into the programmes in their home countries. Hence this is now embedded in the national Field Epidemiology Training Programme in Thailand. Further training course have been run for Irish NGOs and development researchers.
Invited conference presentation: Health inequalities: a geography of mortality in Ireland 2006-11' [Link]
Public Lecture: Barriers to GIS Adoption
Invited presentation: 'Geographies of health inequalities'
Invited presentation 'Funding capacity building in GIS'

Recent Students

Graduation date Name Degree
2010 Manting Tao PhD
2014 Simon Duphey PhD
2012 Oviasu Osaretin PhD
2011 John Andrew Whittingham PhD