Z_GIS has triggered research collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston. The aim is to apply and further develop an in-house toolset for analyzing spatial patterns of social vulnerabilities to flood and drought and related malaria incidences, in the frame of climate-related disaster risk reduction in Eastern Africa. This collaboration envisages joint project activities in the future, and started off with a research stay of PhD student and Z_GIS researcher Michael Hagenlocher between April and July 2013. The stay was initiated by Michael and is co-funded by FP-7 project Healthy Futures and the Z_GIS Doctoral College - GIScience.
Dr Lang, head of the Integrated Spatial Analysis division, visited HSPH from April 18 to 22 to discuss further strategies with Prof Marcia C. Castro at the Department of Global Health and Population. The visit coincided with a public lecture given by Austrian Minister of Health on the health care system in Austria. An informal gathering has been arranged in a close-by students’ pub, where the Minister was informed about Michael’s planned activities and research conducted by other young Austrian scientists at HSPH.