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Dr Mildred Oiza Ajebon

Lecturer in Human Geography

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Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of GeographyS109+44 (0) 191 33 43496


Mildred Ajebon was born in Igarra, a town in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area in Edo State, Nigeria. Her parents, sadly now deceased, were both peasant farmers. She began her studies in her home town, and completed her secondary education at the Igarra Girls’ Grammar School, Nigeria 

Mildred attended the University of Benin, Nigeria, where in 2007 she obtained a BSc (First-Class Hons) in Geography and Regional Planning. During her time as an undergraduate she developed an interest in geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing applications in environmental epidemiology, which aims to investigate environmental conditions that impact the health of deprived populations. Mildred continued her interest in this field with a professional MSc degree in GIS and environment from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2010. She started her teaching career in 2008 as a Graduate Assistant at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. She gained a second MSc(Distinction) in GIS from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom in 2012. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at Durham University. 

Mildred has a growing career in quantitative human geography methods in relation to health. She is interested in multidisciplinary and mixed methods research which aims to understand regional health inequalities and social determinants of health in vulnerable populations . Risk, vulnerability, inequality, rural-urban divide, socioeconomic deprivation and resilience are reoccurring themes in her research works. Whether vulnerability is induced by climate change and environmental degradation or politics as evident in post 2008 government austerity programmes in western countries, or wars and terrorism or long term areas socioeconomic disadvantage of neighbourhoods, they produce ever evolving landscapes of fragility, displacement and alienation, which require multiple techniques and multidisciplinary approaches to understand and address. she teaches and uses qualitative interviewing in her research where she demonstrate the value of mixed- methods in producing robust understanding of a wide range of social issues. she employs critical human geography lenses such as postcolonial and post-development theories for analysing global health problems.


 1) Partial study grant by the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Programme (2018). Awarded £8,000

2) Conference grants, 2017 International Medical Geography Symposium. Awarded €700

3) Postgraduate research student conference funds, Department of Geography, Durham University. Awarded £500

4) Fully funded PhD in Geography, Durham University by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission in the UK, 2014-2017

5) PhD fieldwork and early career research workshop grant by the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Programme (2015-2016). Awarded $20,000

6) Fully Funded MSc in Geographical Information System, University of Leeds, by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission in the UK, 2011-2012

7) Federal Government Scholarships for undergraduates 2003 – 2005. Tenable in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Benin, Nigeria

Research interests

  • My primary research interest is on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications for understanding a range of health outcomes among poor population groups. Major themes which feature in my work include, health inequality health ri
  • Social determinants of under-five mortality in Nigeria: A Geographial Analysis

Esteem Indicators

  • 2005: Best Graduating Student: Prof. S. E. N. Okoh Foundation Prize, Overall Best Graduating Student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Benin, Nigeria, 2004/2005 Academic Session

    Departmental Academic Prize, Best Graduating Student in 400 Level, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Benin, Nigeria 2004/2005 Academic Session

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Infant and child health: Global Health
  • Infectious diseases: Global Health
  • Pollution: Global Health
  • Ethics: Global Health
  • Africa: Global Health
  • International: Business, economy & development: Global Health
  • Environmental change: Global Health
  • Social and ethical inequality: Global Health
  • Medical and health research topics: Global Health
  • Obesity: Global Health
  • Public policy, health and well-being: Global Health
  • Gender and law: Global Health
  • Statistics: Global Health
  • Gender differences: Global Health
  • Perception / attractiveness: Global Health
  • Regional landscape & environment: Global Health


Conference Paper


Journal Article

  • Ajebon, M. O. & Norman, P. (2016). Beyond the census: a spatial analysis of health and deprivation in England. GeoJournal 81(3): 395-410.