Dr Charlotte Sturley

Dr Charlotte Sturley


I am a Research Fellow in Health Data Analytics in the Survivorship and Multimorbidity Epidemiology Research Group, based in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). I have a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds, after which I worked in industry for 5 years as a Location Planning Analyst. I then returned to the University of Leeds to complete an MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and PhD in Health Geography, investigating spatial and social variations in bowel cancer incidence and survival. I was also part of the inaugural cohort of Data Scientists on the LIDA Data Science Development Programme.

I lead on Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) activity within the research team and have recently established a Multimorbidity PPIE group. I am on the Academic Advisory Group for the LIDA Data Scientist Development Programme and through this I am involved in the LIDA Open Data Science for Schools outreach project, inspiring secondary school students about careers working with data.


Research interests

My research interests focus on geographic and socio-demographic variation in health. I have experience applying statistical analysis techniques and geospatial methods to a range of healthcare, administrative and survey data sets to study complex patterns of health and care. In my current role, I am investigating geographic variation in the incidence of a range of long-term conditions among patients who have had a heart attack. Previously, I have worked with linked census and cancer patient data to analyse socio-economic trends in cancer survival.


  • PhD Health Geography
  • MSc Geographical Information Systems
  • BA (Hons) Geography

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine