Dr Nicola Wardrop is a Research Fellow working in the Geography and the Environment Academic Unit of the University of Southampton. Nicola's main research focus is the use of epidemiological and environmental data, GIS, mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to provide improved understanding of the complex factors driving infectious disease transmission. She is particularly interested in the application of these methods to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), zoonoses and vector borne diseases, mainly in resource poor settings such as sub Saharan Africa.

Recent research has focused on Taeniasis (tapeworm), cysticercosis and Q fever in humans and livestock in Kenya; human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and tsetse in Uganda and podoconiosis in Ethiopia and Cameroon.


  • Recents posts on my research, spatial epidemiology, neglected diseases and the world of academia more generally!
  • The fight against Zika. I was a panel member on the recent live Q&A session hosted by the Guardian Development Professionals Network: "What's the best way to tackle Zika?". See here for a summary of the "best bits"
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 9:20 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • Spatial analysis of neglected tropical diseases for research and policy: practical introductory workshop. I'm running a workshop in September this year along with Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes (University of Queensland) and Dr Nick Hamm (University of Twente). The workshop precedes the International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (which runs 18th - 22nd September).For more information and registration, see the International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria website.Thursday 15 & Friday 16 September 2016, Brisbane, Australia.This workshop will give participants a practical understanding of the concepts underpinning spatial analysis including predictive modelling of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with hands-on experience in the application of a range of methods for describing and analysing NTD spatial data. These methods include the construction and visualisation of maps of NTD data from real-life ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:52 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • New commentary: Integrated epidemiology for vector borne zoonoses. My latest commentary has just been published by Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. It discusses the need for explicit integration of human infection, animal infection and vector information in epidemiological analyses of vector borne zoonoses. Human African trypanosomiasis in Uganda is used as an example.Wardrop NA (2016). Integrated epidemiology for vector-borne zoonoses. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 110(2): 87-89.
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 12:34 AM by Nicola Wardrop
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