Ross Barnett
日期:2010-07-13 22:26 

Dr. Ross Barnett is currently an Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is also part of the GeoHealth Laboratory funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Dr. Barnett received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Iowa in 1975 and upon returning to New Zealand began undertaking research into the geography of health. His research goals have always been to highlight the importance of geography and the role it plays in the distribution of, and access to, health services and the links between social and physical environments and health.

Dr. Barnett has contributed to research in four key areas: (1) How local environments influence health outcomes and health inequalities and why geographical and social health inequalities have tended to persist; (2) The impact of environmental or contextual influences on health behaviour; (3) Access to, and the utilisation of health services particularly by more disadvantaged groups, the barriers they face in accessing health care and the quality of services received and; (4) Place to place differences, both global and local, in health reform with a focus on patterns of public hospital restructuring, health services privatisation and changes in the organisation and delivery of primary health care.

In 2005 Dr. Barnett initiated a Geography of Smoking research group based in the UK and New Zealand. Much of the group's recent work has explored the influence of contextual variables such as retail outlet density, ethnic and income inequality, and residential segregation as important influences upon smoking rates. Dr. Barnett also has interests in tobacco control policies and how these are shaped by national and local political contexts.  Much of this work is summarised in a new book on Smoking Geographies soon to be published by Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford, UK). This book is a research monograph in the IBG-RGS series and is the first geographical work to examine local environmental influences on smoking and the global evolution of tobacco control policies.

Dr. Barnett has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters and has been an editorial board member for Health and Place and an advisory review editor for Social Science and Medicine. Dr. Barnett has served on advisory panels for the New Zealand Ministry of Health and has contributed to the evaluation of local smokefree initiatives.