Dr Nicola Wardrop is a Research Fellow working in the Geography and the Environment Academic Unit of the University of Southampton. Nicola's main research focus is the use of epidemiological and environmental data, GIS, mapping, spatial analysis and geostatistical modelling to provide improved understanding of the complex factors driving infectious disease transmission. She is particularly interested in the application of these methods to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), zoonoses and vector borne diseases, mainly in resource poor settings such as sub Saharan Africa.

Recent research has focused on Taeniasis (tapeworm), cysticercosis and Q fever in humans and livestock in Kenya; human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and tsetse in Uganda and podoconiosis in Ethiopia and Cameroon.


  • Recents posts on my research, spatial epidemiology, neglected diseases and the world of academia more generally!
  • New WHO report on rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis. The WHO has just released a new report: Report of the first WHO stakeholders meeting on rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis, Geneva, 20–22 October 2014. This report sets out the current understanding of the epidemiology and control of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, covering suitability mapping, mathematical modelling, diagnostics, treatment, vector control and elimination efforts.
    Posted Jul 30, 2015, 12:53 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • Vector-borne zoonoses talk at ISNTD Bites. International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases conference on vector-borne diseases, March 2015 (ISNTD bites). Integrating human, livestock & vector data in a unified epidemiological framework (using sleeping sickness as an example). Visit the ISNTD website for a video of my talk: http://www.isntd.org/#/isntd-bites-15-wardrop/4589861030
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 2:35 AM by Nicola Wardrop
  • Some conference frustrations (and suggestions) from an ECR perspective Over the past few years I have attended quite a few academic conferences, large and small, national and international, as speaker, poster presenter or merely an attendee. The more conferences I attend where I feel that I have been valued as a participant and have benefitted from the experience, the more irritating it becomes to attend one where I feel the conference has taken advantage of me and very many other early career researchers (ECRs). I shall explain what I mean by this, and then will provide some hints for conference organisers (albeit with the caveat that I have never personally arranged a conference) as to how they might provide a better environment for all attendees, including ECRs. A bit ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2015, 4:51 AM by Nicola Wardrop
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