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Amber-PearsonAdjunct Fellow, University of Otago, Wellington, New ZealandAssistant Professor of Health Geography, Michigan State University

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Research interests and activities

Amber is a health geographer with a focus on social justice and understanding the unexpected tenacity, adaptability and resilience of the underprivileged. She has diverse regional interests from poor to wealthy countries. Her work features strong geospatial and epidemiologic methods.

Specifically, her research relates to aspects of the built, physical and social environment that bolster health in the face of adversity. While she has worked on topics ranging from access to healthy foods, air pollutants, social isolation, and understanding social deprivation of neighborhoods, she also has an explicit focus on water research.

Amber's water research is at the intersection of spatial and social dimensions of health with a focus on water availability. y overall research goal is to understand the interactions between human-induced ecological change, political and social dimensions of access to water, and human agency/coping strategies to improve health and wellbeing while paying careful attention to health inequalities and environmental justice.

Links for more information:
Amber's MSU Geography bio page:
Full publications available here:
MSU Water Science Network page:


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