Professor Liz Twigg

Liz Twigg

Professor of Human Geography

Phone: 023 9284 2466



After graduating from the Department of Geography at Birkbeck College, University of London in 1984, I undertook my PhD studies in GIS and Health. In 1996 I joined the University of Portsmouth as an ESRC-funded, part-time research fellow, working on multilevel analyses and small area estimates of lifestyle behaviour. In 2003 I became a full-time lecturer, was promoted to Reader in Human Geography in 2011, and became a Professor of Human Geography in 2015. My research interests focus on the influence of place and space on health, health behaviour and well-being.

Research projects

Evaluating the Effects of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) in England Using the Mental Health Minimum Dataset, funded by NIHR and with Professor Scott Weich (Warwick Medical School). This 24 month project started early in 2016, building on previous work looking at the geography of compulsory admission in England. The research looks at the spatial and secular disparities in the use of CTOs over a four year period and the variation in mental health outcomes associated with CTOs.

Reserves Mental Health and Support Service Provision (DSTL, MoD funded). This commissioned project reviews the profile and wellbeing of military reservists across Britain. It is managed in collaboration with Dr Peter Lee from Portsmouth Business School and colleagues at Anglia Ruskin University and QinetiQ.

Geographies of Smoking is undertaken in numerous live projects. Together with colleagues from Southampton, Edinburgh and Christchurch, New Zealand, we are putting together a research monograph sponsored by the RGS-IBG Book Series entitled ‘Smoking Geographies: Space, Place and Tobacco.


Taylor J, Moon G & Twigg L. (2016). Using geocoded survey data to improve the accuracy of multilevel small area synthetic estimates. Social Science Research 56, 108-116.

Taylor J, Twigg L & Mohan J. (2015). Understanding neighbourhood perceptions of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. Urban Studies 52 (12), 2187-2202.

Szatkowski L, Fahy SJ, Coleman T, Taylor J, Twigg L, Moon G & Leonardi-Bee J. (2015). Small area synthetic estimates of smoking prevalence during pregnancy in England. Population Health Metrics 13 (34).

Keown P, McBride O, Twigg L, Crepaz-Keay D, Cyhlarova E, Parsons H, Scott J, Bhui K & Weich S. (Accepted/In Press 29 December 2015). Rates of voluntary and compulsory psychiatric in patient treatment in England: an ecological study investigating associations with deprivation and demographics. British Journal of Psychiatry.

Taylor J, Twigg L, Moon G. (2014). The convergent validity of three surveys as alternative sources of health information to the 2011 UK census. Social Sciences & Medicine 116, 187-192

Twigg L. (2014). Geographies of space, place, and population health. In (Eds.). Cockerham WC, Dingwall R & Quah SR. The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of health, illness, behaviour, and society. DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.

Twigg L & Moon G. (2013). The spatial and temporal development of binge drinking in England 2001-2009: an observational study. Social Science & Medicine 91, 162-167.

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