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Dr Nicole Baur

Research Associate



Born and raised in the beautiful area of southern Germany, I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in Geography and English at Heidelberg University. During my studies I was awarded a scholarship to spend one academic year studying in the ‘Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography’ in Ontario, Canada, where I was inspired to take modules in health geography. Back in Germany, this led me to collaborate with the Heidelberg-based Centre for Medical History, and finally to embark on a PhD in health geography focusing on the spatial and social distribution of diphtheria in 19th century Germany.
Since gaining my PhD in 2005, my active research has covered various aspects of spatial practices and environmental impacts on health and well-being. Space and place are the focus of my research and key themes encompassed the spatial distribution of diseases, spatial practices in psychiatric institutions, as well as geographical dimensions of health inequalities. My main approach has been from interdisciplinary perspectives, resulting in fruitful collaborations across academic disciplines and with community organisations and charities.
In October 2005 I relocated from Germany to England, taking up a post-doc fellowship at the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease at Durham University, where I conducted research on diphtheria immunisation.
In 2007, I joined the Exeter Centre for Medical History, working on the former Devon County Mental Hospital.
Since August 2017, I have been a Research Associate on David Clark’s Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Global interventions at the end of life. I am contributing to creating the third iteration of the 'World Map of Palliative Care Development'.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests are situated at the interface of spatial and environmental humanities and the social sciences, specifically at the intersection of geography, social sciences, and medicine.




  • College of Social Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies