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Geographer with Expertise in Geospatial Health Research and Education

Sherif obtained his Master of Science degree in human geography at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. After that he continued to study at ITC and obtained a Postgraduate diploma in Geo-Information Systems for Urban Applications. He then worked at Utrecht University with the National Centre of Expertise for Spatial Information Processing. After that he joined the Faculty ITC with the (now) department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management (PGM). While working at ITC he conducted his doctoral research, again at the University of Utrecht.

From 2007 – 2014 Sherif was a member of the Management Team of the PGM department, in the first term responsible for the portfolio of externally financed projects and in the second term as course director and holding the portfolio education.

Research interests

Research activities focus on the application of Geo-information science methods and techniques for spatial planning of health care services, analysis of socio-spatial health seeking patterns, environmental health risk analysis, and the relation between socio-economic characteristics, health behaviour status and health behaviour.

He is involved in co-supervision of PhD students on geospatial health topics (i.e. environmental risk factors for schistosomiasis transmission, stunting). As external expert involved in PhD research on malaria transmission in Southern Tanzania, and collaborating with AMC PhD research in Malawi on Etiology, Transmission and Management of Diarrheal Diseases in malnourished and/or HIV infected children in Malawi. In 2017, advised WHO Iraq on strategic spatial allocation of health resources to ensure the best possible access to health care for refugees during the Mosul liberation operation.

On a regular basis Sherif reviews international project outcomes and contributions to international journals such as the Economic and Social Research Council, PLOS One, Malaria Journal, Transactions in GIS, and the international Journal of Geospatial Health.

Membership international networks: executive board International Society of Geospatial Health (GnosisGIS), member International Society of Urban Health (ISUH), editorial board International Journal of Geospatial Health


Sherif has been involved in many aspects related to education: course design and implementation, course coordination and evaluation, as well as acquisition and execution of contract education in-house as well as with partners in the Global South. Over the years, he has conducted numerous capacity development assignments for international developing organizations, in countries such as Indonesia, China, Malawi, Egypt, Jordan, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa. He has extensive experience in international project management as team leader of international consortia involved in institution- and capacity building with various academic institutions in the Global South.


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