Profiles in Health Geography: Gavin Andrews

Originally Posted January 2009

Updated:  TBA

AndrewsG_smDr. Gavin J. Andrews, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Aging and Society, McMaster University. Gavin’s research is focused primarily on ageing and/or professional health care. He has, however, written on a wide range of other health issues and likes to engage with many fields of health geography.
Gavin received an undergraduate degree in human geography from Lampeter University in 1992 and a PhD in medical/health geography from University of Nottingham in 1997. Formerly a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Health Studies in the UK, in 2001, Gavin was appointed as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. In 2006, he accepted his present Chair position at McMaster.

His research contributes to the following four fields of sub-disciplinary inquiry – ‘the geography of health care organizations and work’; ‘the geography of aging’; ‘the geography of sport and fitness’ and ‘the geography of CAM’. He has investigated a wide range of subjects within and beyond these fields including small business situations and cultures; nursing management and education; phobias and health and health care in wartime. Gavin has produced over 100 publications. He recently co-edited three books: Ageing and Place: Perspectives, Policy, Practice (Routledge, 2005), Sociology of Ageing: a Reader (Rawat, 2008) and Primary Health Care: People, Practice, Place (Ashgate, 2009). His latest positiion paper on ‘the geography of health care work’ is avaliable in Progress in Human Geography (2008, 32, 6)

Gavin has obtained operating grants totaling $Cn666,000 from a number of funding sources, including the British National Health Service, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. As both PI and co-PI, he has been involved in grants valued at over $2 million. He is the North American Editor for International Journal of Older People Nursing, and Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Gerontology. He also advises Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care; Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice; Middle East Journal of Age and Ageing; and Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics.