Lukas Marek

Post Doctoral FellowLukas Marek

Ernest Rutherford 261
Internal Phone: 94344
Currently working on Sensing City project where we explore the possibilities of smart city and real-time monitoring to improve people's health.

Research Interests

I received my PhD in 2015 from the Department of Geoinformatics at Palacky University in the Czech Republic. In my thesis, I conducted a research study on spatial and spatiotemporal analysis of Campylobacteriosis in the Czech Republic. My main research interest is currently focused on geovisualisation and spatial analyses of health data using spatial and spatiotemporal modelling, and spatial statistics.

I like the interdisciplinary character of Geography and GIS allowing me to work on various projects in completely different fields. So far, I've been using my skills in projects in areas of geohealth, smart cities, landslide monitoring, urban studies, crowdsourcing, mapping, forestry, social networks, archaeology etc. I also have experience in teaching - mostly spatial analysis and geostatistics.

In Sensing City project funded by CRCSI, we examine how air pollution can affect the health of people suffering COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). We aim to create the smart system based on (near) real-time environmental monitoring and individual exposures of patients in order to provide the tool that can inform the public about impaired conditions that may have an effect on their health conditions.

Recent Publications

  • Campbell M., Marek L. and Hobbs M. (2021) Reconsidering movement and exposure: Towards a more dynamic health geography. Geography Compass 15(6) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12566.
  • Campbell M., Marek L., Wiki J., Hobbs M., Sabel CE., McCarthy J. and Kingham S. (2021) National movement patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand: The unexplored role of neighbourhood deprivation. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 75(9): 903-905. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2020-216108.
  • Hobbs M., Biddle SJH., Kingsnorth AP., Marek L., Tomintz M., Wiki J., McCarthy J., Campbell M. and Kingham S. (2021) Investigating the Association between Child Television Viewing and Measured Child Adiposity Outcomes in a Large Nationally Representative Sample of New Zealanders: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 18(5): 524-532. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/JPAH.2020-0192.
  • Hobbs M., Kingham S., Wiki J., Marek L. and Campbell M. (2021) Unhealthy environments are associated with adverse mental health and psychological distress: Cross-sectional evidence from nationally representative data in New Zealand. Preventive Medicine 145 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106416.
  • Hobbs M., Mackenbach JD., Wiki J., Marek L., McLeod GFH. and Boden JM. (2021) Investigating change in the food environment over 10 years in urban New Zealand: A longitudinal and nationwide geospatial study. Social Science and Medicine 269 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113522.