The impact of natural disasters on the dynamics of infectious diseases

  • Katy Gaythorpe

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Over the course of this thesis we will build and develop a model for the dynamics of an environmentally transmitted disease such as cholera. We will also develop methods to analyse and understand that model. The dynamics of a disease in a heterogeneous developing world city have not yet been fully explored, particularly when those dynamics are affected by a natural disaster. Yet, natural disasters such as floods alter infrastructure and population characteristics in a manner that affects disease transmission. Therefore, we shall address this omission from the literature. We will also develop a novel model analysis framework for 'systems epidemiology' where we combine systems biology techniques with epidemiological modelling.
Date of Award14 Mar 2016
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorBen Adams (Supervisor)


  • disease
  • disasters
  • mathematical modeling
  • Mathematical BIology
  • Differential equations
  • Cholera
  • Simulation
  • Systems Biology

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