Department of Geography


Cornelia Van Diepen

  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2504
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Science


After completing an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, I continued on to do another MSc in Public Health at the Stockholm University. My Sociology master thesis was focused on Dutch individuals wanting to quit smoking through counselling in hospitals. My Public Health thesis concerned work-life conflict and the effect on the general health of Brazilian civil servants. In February 2015, I joined the Department of Geography to undertake PhD studies.

I am experienced in qualitative and quantitative analysis methods and in using the software packages ‘Atlas.II’ ‘SPSS’ and the statistical programming environment ‘R’.

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to departmental teaching through teaching, assisting practicals and fieldwork sessions. Units include:

Tutorial – Level 5

Applied Human Geography – Level 4

Research design and practice – Level 4

Foundations of Human Geography – Level 4


My research interests concern the social and cultural determinants of health and well-being. I am particularly interested in health behaviours and the prevention of disease.

Another area of interest is the use of novel data collection methods including social media as a tool for research and gaining understanding of human behaviour.

For my PhD research I am investigating the Twitter output of a youth-dedicated smoking cessation organisation in Wales called ‘The Filter’. On Twitter, the Filter contacts Welsh youth tweeting about quitting smoking. Moreover, the Filter retweets general smoking tweets from other organisations and Welsh youth. I am therefore using Twitter as my data source. My particular focus is on the Welsh youth and their specific demographics. In addition, I am looking at a possible correlation between the events the Filter has and the smoking-related tweets from the Welsh youth. This research is supervised by Prof Liz Twigg and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth.