Isaac Luginaah

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair

Research Interests

My broad area of research interest includes environment and health, population health and GIS applications in health. My work involves an integrative understanding of the broad determinants of the population health and the evidence of environment and health linkages. I am specifically interested in the human health impacts of environmental exposure and recent work in this area involves examining the links between ambient air quality and health in Southwestern Ontario. I am also involved in HIV/AIDS research in Africa, specifically Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.

Publications (past 7 years)

Refereed Journals

Kuuire, V., Mkandawire, P., Arku, G. and Luginaah, I. (forthcoming) 'Abandoning' farms in search of food: Food remittance and household food security in Ghana' African Geographical Review

Boateng, G.O., Kuuire, V.Z., Ung, M., Amoyaw, J.A., Armah, F.A. and Luginaah, I. (forthcoming) 'Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Millennium Development Goal 3: A Case Study of Married Women in Ghana' Social Indicators Research DOI 10.1007/s11205-012-0212-8

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. (forthcoming) 'Growing up alone: Vulnerability of adolescent orphans to HIV/AIDS in Northern Malawi' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I.N., Taabazuing, J. and Odoi, J. O. 2013 'Artisanal Gold Mining and Surface Water Pollution in Ghana: Have the Foreign Invaders Come to Stay' Environmental Justice 6(3): 94-102

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I., Dixon, J., Armah, F.A. and Arku, G. 2013 'Circumcision Status and time to first sex among never-married young men in Malawi: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Survey' AIDS and Behavior 17(6): 2123-2135

Ung, M., Boateng, G.O., Armah, F.A., Amoyaw, J.A., Luginaah, I. and Kuuire, V. 2013 'Negotiation for safer sex among married women in Cambodia: the role of women’s autonomy' Journal of Biosocial Science 21: 1-17

Tobias, J., Richmond, C. and Luginaah, I. 2013 'CBPR With Anishinabe Communities: Producing Respectful and Reciprocal Research' Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 8(2): 129-140

Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I.N., Holowaty, E.J., Zou, G., Hamm, C., and Balagurusamy, M.K. 2013 'Mediation of the Effects of Living in Extremely Poor Neighborhoods by Health Insurance: Breast Cancer Care and Survival in California, 1996 to 2011' International Journal for Equity in Health 12:6

Atari, O., Luginaah, I., Gorey, K., Xu, I. and Fung, K. 2013 'Associations between self-reported odour annoyance and volatile organic compounds in "Chemical Valley", Sarnia, Ontario' Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185(6): 4537-4539

Obiri, S., Cobbinah, S.J., Armah, F.A. and Luginaah, I. 2013 'Assessment of Cancer and Non-Cancer Health Risks from Exposure to PAHs in Street Dust in the Tamale Metropolis, Ghana' Journal of Environmental Science and Health: Part A 48(4): 408-416

Mkandawire, P., Tenkorang, E. and Luginaah, I. 2013 'Orphan Status and Time to First Sex Among Adolescents in Northern Malawi' AIDS & Behaviour 17(3): 939-950 DOI 10.1007/s10461-011-0120-y

Arku, G., Luginaah, I. and Mkandawire, P. 2012 '“You Either Pay More Advance Rent or You Move”: Landlord and Tenants Dilemmas in Low-income Housing Market in Accra, Ghana' Urban Studies 49(14): 3177-3193

Oiamo, T. H., Luginaah, I. N., Buzzelli, M., Tang, K., Xu, X., Brook, J. and Johnson, M. 2012 'Assessing the Spatial Distribution of Nitrogen Dioxide in London, Ontario' Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 62(11): 1335-1345

Brophy, J.T., Keith, M.M., Watterson, A., Park, R., Gilbertson, M., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Beck, M., Abu-Zahra, H., Schneider, K., Reinhartz, A., DeMatteo, R., and Luginaah, I. 2012 'Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case-control study' Environmental Health 11: 87

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I. and Ason, B. 2012 'Water Quality Index of the Tarkwa Goldmining Area in Ghana' Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies 11(2): 1-14

Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I.N., Holowaty, E J., Zou, G., Hamm, C., Bartfay, E., Kanjeekal, S.M., Balagurusamy, M., Sandus H-J. and Wright, F. 2012 'Effects of Being Uninsured or Underinsured and Living in Extremely Poor Neighborhoods on Colon Cancer Care and Survival in California: Historical Cohort Analysis, 1996—2011' BMC Public Health 12: 897

Taabazuing, J., Luginaah, I.N., Djietror, G. and Otiso, K.M. 2012 'Mining, Conflicts and Livelihood Struggles in a Dysfunctional Policy Environment: The Case of Wassa West District, Ghana' African Geographical Review 31(1): 33-49

Luginaah, I.N., Gorey, K.M., Tang, K., Oiamo, T., Holowaty, E.J., Hamm, C. and Wright, F.A. 2012 'Geographical Analysis of Breast Cancer Clustering in Southern Ontario: Generating Hypotheses on Environmental Influences' International Journal of Environmental Research 22(3): 232-248

Luginaah, I.N. and Armah, F.A. 2012 'Non-Timber Forest Products and Human Health in the Context of Environmental Change' Human Evolution/Global Ethics 27(1-3): 103-109

Armah, F.A., Ason, B., Luginaah, I. . and Essandoh, P.K. 2012 'Characterization of macro-benthic fauna for ecological health status of the Fosu and Benya lagoons in coastal Ghana' Journal of Ecology and Field Biology 35(4): 1-11

Arnold, R., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Tenkorang, E.Y., Holland, D., Gaspard, A., Luginaah, I. and the HP4RY Team 2012 'Evaluation of School- and Community-Based HIV Prevention Interventions with Junior Secondary School Students in Edo State, Nigeria' African Journal of Reproductive Health 16(2): 103-125

Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I.N. and Obiri, S. 2012 'Assessing Environmental Exposure and Health Impacts of Gold Mining in Ghana' Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry 94(4): 786-798

Armah, F., Luginaah, I., Kuitunen, M. and Mkandawire, P. 2012 'Ecological Health Status of the Fosu Lagoon, Southern Ghana II: Environmental and Human Health Risk Assessment' Ecosystem & Ecography 2: 1

Armah, F., Kuitunen, M., Luginaah, I. and Mkandawire, P. 2012 'Non Occupational Health Risk Assessment from Exposure to Chemical Contaminants in the Gold Mining Environment of Tarkwa, Ghana' Trends in Applied Sciences Research 7(3): 181-185 

Whaling, M., Luginaah, I., Reid, G., Hekmat, S., Thind, A., Mwanga, J. and Changalucha, J. 2012 ‘Perceptions of Probiotics for Health and Nutrition in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania.’ Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 16(2): 103-125

Dixon, J., Tenkorang, E. and Luginaah, I. 2011 'Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme: Helping the Poor or Leaving them Behind?' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 29: 1102-1115

Miller, L., Xu, X., Wheeler, A., Atari, D.O., Grgicak-Mannion, A. and Luginaah, I.N. 2011 'Spatial variability and application of ratios between BTEX in two Canadian cities' The Scientific World 11: 2536-2549

Odoi, J.O., Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I. 2011 'Assessment of spatial variability of heavy metals in soils under the influence of soap and detergent waste water discharge' International Journal of Research and Reviews in Applied Sciences 9(2): 322-329

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Tobias, J. 2011 ‘Landscapes of economic deprivation and locally distilled liquor (kachasu): An emerging milieu of HIV/AIDS risk in urban Northern Malawi’ Environment and Planning, A. 43(10): 2384–2398

Oiamo, T. H., Luginaah, I. N., Atari, D. O. and Gorey, M. K. 2011 ‘Air pollution and general practitioner access and utilization: A population based study in Sarnia, ‘Chemical Valley,’ Ontario.’ Environmental Health, 10: 71

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Bartfay, E., Fung, K. Y., Holowaty, E. J., Wright, F., Hamm, C. and Kanjeekal, S. M. 2011 ‘Colon cancer care in Toronto, Ontario and San Francisco, California, 1996 to 2006: More accessible treatment and better survival among low-income Canadians.’ American Journal of Public Health, 101, 112-119

Arku, G., Luginaah, I. N., Mkandawire, P., Baiden, P. and Asiedu, A. B. 2011 ‘Housing and Health in three Contrasting Neighbourhoods in Accra, Ghana.’ Social Science and Medicine, 72: 1864-1872

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Hamm, C., Balagurusamy, M., & Holowaty, E. J. 2011 ‘Physician supplies and breast cancer care in Ontario and California, 1998 to 2006.’ Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 16(2): 47-54

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Bartfay, E., Fung, K. Y., Holowaty, E. J., Wright, F. C., Hamm, C., Kanjeekal, S. M. & Balagurusamy, M. 2011 ‘Association of physician supply with breast cancer survival in Ontario.’ Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 56: 523-531

Baiden, P., Arku, G., Luginaah, I. and Asiedu, A. B. 2011 ‘An Assessment of Residents' Housing Satisfaction and Coping in Accra, Ghana.’ Journal of Public Health. 19(1): 29-37

Atari, O., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. 2011 ‘“This is the mess that we are living in”: Residents everyday life experiences of living in a stigmatized community.’ GeoJournal, 76: 483-500

Smith, K., Luginaah, I. and Lockridge, A. 2010 ‘‘Contaminated’ Therapeutic Landscape: The Case of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario, Canada.’ Geography Research Forum, 30: 83-102

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Bezner-Kerr, R. 2010 ‘Deadly Divide: Malawi's Policy Debate on HIV/AIDS and Condoms.’ Policy Sciences, 44(1): 81-102

Gorey, K. M., Fung, K. Y., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J. and Hamm, C. 2010 ‘Income and Long-Term Breast Cancer Survival: Comparisons of Vulnerable Urban Places in Ontario and California.’ The Breast Journal, 16: 416-419

Tomkpins, J. W., Luginaah, I. N., Booth, G. L. and Harris, S. B. 2010 ‘The Geography of Diabetes in London, Canada: The Need for Local Level Policy for Prevention and Management.’ International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 7: 2407-2422

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Hamm, C., Fung, K. Y. and Holowaty, E. J. 2010 ‘Breast Cancer Care in the United States and Canada: Ecological Comparisons of Relatively Impoverished and Affluent Urban Neighborhoods.’ Health & Place 16: 156–163

Luginaah, I., Smith, K. and Lockridge, A. 2010 ‘Surrounded by Chemical Valley and “Living in a Bubble”: Health Impacts and Coping Strategies of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Ontario.’ Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53(3): 353-370

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Fung, K. Y., Bartfay, E., Hamm, C., Wright, F. C., Balagurusamy, M., & Holowaty, E. J. 2010 ‘Association of physician supply with breast cancer survival in Ontario.’ Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 23(1): 104-108

Luginaah, I. Arku, G. and Baiden, P. 2010 ‘Housing and Health in Ghana: The Psychosocial Health Impacts of Renting a Home.’ International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 7: 525-545

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Fung, K. Y., & Hamm, C. 2009 ‘Wait times for initial surgical and adjuvant treatment of breast cancer in Canada and the United States: Evidence of greater socioeconomic inequity in America.’ Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 32 (3): E239-E249

Atari, O.and Luginaah, I. 2009 ‘Assessing the distribution of volatile organic compounds using land use regression in Sarnia, "Chemical Valley", Ontario, Canada.’ Environmental Health 8: 16

Atari, O., Luginaah, I. and Fung, K. 2009 ‘The Relationship between Odour Annoyance Scores and Modelled Ambient Air Pollution in Sarnia, “Chemical Valley”, Ontario.’ International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 6: 2655-2675

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Fung, K. Y. and Hamm, C. 2009 'Association of Physician Supplies with Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis and Survival in Ontario, 1988 to 2006' Cancer 115: 3563-3570

Miller, L., Xu, X. and Luginaah, I. 2009 'Spatial Variability of VOC Concentrations in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada' Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 72: 1-15

An, L., Nkurunziza, S., Fung, K. Y., Krewski, D. and Luginaah, I. 2009 'Shrinkage Estimation in General Linear Models' Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 53(7): 2537-2549

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Fung, K.Y. and Hamm, C. 2009 'Breast cancer survival in Ontario and California, 1998 to 2006: Socioeconomic inequality remains much greater in America' Annals of Epidemiology 19: 121-124

Luginaah, I. N. 2009 'Health Geography in Canada: Where are we headed?' The Canadian Geographer 53(1): 89-97

Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I.N., Schwartz, K.L., Fung, K.Y., Balagurusamy, M., Bartfay, E., Wright, F.C., Anucha, U. and Parsons R.R. 2009 'Increased racial group breast cancer care and survival differentials in America: Historical evidence consistent with a health insurance hypothesis, 1975 to 2001' Breast Cancer Research Treatment 113: 595-600

Atari, O., Luginaah, I., Xu, I. and Fung, K. 2008 'Spatial Variability of Ambient Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulphur Dioxide in Sarnia, “Chemical Valley”, Ontario, Canada' Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 71: 1572-1581
Luginaah, I.N. 2008 'Local Gin (Akpeteshie) and HIV/AIDS in the Upper West Region of Ghana: The need for preventive health policy' Health & Place 14: 804-814

Gorey, K.M., Fung, K.Y., Luginaah, I.N., Bartfay, E., Hamm, C., Wright, F.C., Balagurusamy, M., Mohammad, A., Holowaty, E. and Tang, K.X. 2008 '2 Cancer survival in Ontario, 1986 to 2003: Evidence of equitable advances across most diverse urban and rural places' Canadian Journal of Public Health 99(1): 12-16

Landry, T., Luginaah, I., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Elkins, D. 2007 'Orphans in Nyanza, Kenya: Coping with the Struggles of Everyday Life in the Context of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic' Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth 8(1): 75-98

Fung, K., Luginaah, I., Gorey, K. 2007 'Impact of air pollution on hospital admissions in Southwestern Ontario, Canada: Generating hypotheses in sentinel high-exposure places' Environmental Health 6: 18

Luginaah, I.N., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Kairi, W., Wildish, J. and Brouillard-Coyle, C. 2007 'Extending HIV/AIDS Prevention Efforts in Kenya: Primary Schools as Community-Based Organizations' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 25(3): 439-456

Brophy, J.T., Keith, M.M., Gorey, K., Laukkanen, E., Luginaah, I., Abu-Zahra, H., Watterson, A.E., Hellyer, D.J., Reinhartz, A., Park, R.M. 2007 'Cancer and construction: what occupational histories in a Canadian community reveal' International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 13(1): 33-38

Brophy, J.T., Keith, M.M., Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I.N., et al. 2006 'Occupational and environmental histories of breast cancer patients: A Canadian case study' Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1076: 765–777

Luginaah, I.N., Xu, I., Fung, K., Grgicak-Mannion, A., Wintermute, J., Amanda Wheeler, A. and Brook, J. 2006 'Establishing the Spatial Variability of Ambient Nitrogen Dioxide in Windsor, Ontario' International Journal of Environmental Studies 63(4): 487-500

Luginaah, I.N., Fung, K., Gorey, K. and Khan, S. 2006 'The Impact of 9/11 on the Association of Ambient Air Pollution with Daily Respiratory Admissions in Canada-US Border City, Windsor, Ontario' International Journal of Environmental Studies 63(4): 501-514

Books Edited

Luginaah, I.N. and Bezner Kerr, R. (forthcoming) The Geographies of Health and Development (Ashgate: London)

Luginaah, I. N. and Yanful, E. K. 2009 Environment and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing an Emerging Crisis (Springer: London)

Chapters in Books

Luginaah, I.N., Oiamo, T., Armah, F.A. (in press) 'Environmental Health Geography' in The Wiley-Blackwell Encylopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society

Luginaah, I.N., Weis, T., Galaa, S., Nkrumah, M.K., Bezner-Kerr, R. and Bagah, D. 2009 'Environment, Migration, and Food Security in the Upper West Region of Ghana' in Environment and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing an Emerging Crisis ed I.N. Luginaah and E.K. Yanful (Springer: Netherlands) 25-38

Luginaah, I.N. 2005 'Coping with the Health Impacts of a Petrochemical Refinery in Oakville, Ontario: The Need for Addressing Residents' Multiple Layers of Psychosocial Concerns' in Psychology of Coping ed A.V. Lee (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science) 169-193

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
E. Andoniou Current Health and Nutrition in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Kenya: Empowering Women through a Community-Based Probiotic Yoghurt Project in Oyugis, Kenya
F. Armah Current Environment and human health risk assessment in Tanzania
V. Kuuire
(joint-supervised)
Current Impacts of Transnational Activities on Immigrant Integration: A look at Transnational Activities and Housing Consumption Patterns in Canada
S. Mason Current Risk Perception Associated with the Siting Process of a Biosolid Treatment Facility and Subsequent Agricultural Application in the Township of Southgate, Ontario
T. Oiamo
(joint-supervised)
Current Environment and Health Impacts in the Vicinity of Major Traffic Pollution: A Comparison of Relocates and Non-Relocates
L. Osei
(joint-supervised)
Current TBA
J. Tobias

(joint-supervised)

Current Preserving Elder Knowledge, Protecting Health: Participatory Health Research with Anishinabe Communities in The Great Lakes Region
M. Ung Current Environmental change and health in Cambodia
S. Vercillo
(joint-supervised)
Current TBA
J. Dixon 2014 The Impact of Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme in the Upper West Region: Helping the Poor or Leaving them Behind
P. Mkandawire 2011 Vulnerability of Adolescent Orphans in HIV Infection in Malawi
O. Atari 2009 Community Health Study in Sarnia, Chemical Valley, Ontario
MA Students Year Title
R. Antabe Current TBA
K. Atuoye Current TBA
E. Eyles Current An economic and locational analysis of probiotic yogurt kitchens in Mwanza, Tanzania
J. Kangmennaang Current TBA
C. Raedts Current TBA
G. Tuyisenge Current Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Morbidity and Mortality in Rwanda: The Impact of Continuing Professional Development Interventions
A. Rishworth 2014 Women's navigation of reproductive care in the context of Ghana's National Health
V. Kuuire

(co-supervised)

2011 Food Security Situation of Migrant Farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana
J. Tobias
(co-supervised)
2010 Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana
R. Wasley 2009 HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ukraine: Examining the Attitudes and Perceptions of State Orphans in Internaty
J. Howson 2009 Socioeconomic determinants of health and diabetes mellitus: Understanding relationships at the neighbourhood level in London, Canada
M. Whaling 2008 Assessing community perceptions of the likely impact of a probiotic yogurt project on community relations and health in Mahina District, Mwanza Tanzania
B. Curry 2008 Geographies of Infant Feeding Decisions
K. Smith 2006 Contaminated Therapeutic Landscape: Perceptions of the Aamjiwnaang First Nations
T. Landry 2004 Community strategies for HIV/AIDS care and support in Nyanza, Kenya
University of Windsor
MSc Students Year Title
V. Le Current Diffusion of Innovation: Probiotic Yogurt in East Africa
H. Woods Current TBA
F. Mambulu
(joint-supervised)
2014 Agricultural Interventions as a Means to Food Security: Experiences of HIV/AIDS affected Household
S. Mason 2013 Upgrade from Master's Program to PhD Program
E. Chilanga
(co-supervised)
2013 Assessing the Impact of Nutrition Education on Gender Roles and Child Care in Northern Malawi
T. Oiamo 2011 Upgrade from Master's Program to PhD Program
J. Tobias

(co-supervised)

2010 Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana
E. Andoniou 2007 Predictors of sexual behaviour change among men in the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria
A. Khurshid 2007 Perceived health effects of a Chemical Valley: a perusal of Sarnia, Ontario
C. Wills 2003 Association of ambient air pollution levels with respiratory hospitalization in Windsor, Ontario
University of Windsor
Y. Li 2002 Association between variations in newborn length of stay and readmission rate in the 49 counties of Ontario
University of Windsor

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Courses Taught

  • GEO 3431 - Geography of Health and Health Care
  • GEO 9107 - Environment and Health
  • GEO 9300 - Advanced Studies in Environment, Development & Health