Professor Chris Dibben researches population, health and place with a focus on poverty, deprivation and inequalities; evaluation of area based initiatives; small area statistics; risk, vulnerability and hazards. Chris has worked on, amongst other subjects, epidemiological studies into recovery after heart attacks, the causes of Low Birth Weight, the survival of drug misusers and the impact of air pollution. He also contributed to work on the UK NHS health funding formula and on measuring health inequalities, for example developing the Health Poverty Index for the Department of Health and Information Centre (NHS). Other work includes the development of national deprivation indices across the UK and in South Africa and evaluations of government area based initiatives. Finally he is interested in the vulnerability of communities to ‘natural hazards’.