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Elisabeth Titis


I am a senior PhD candidate (final year) at the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC), University of Warwick, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HES), and a senior graduate teaching assistant (SGTA) at various departments (Computer Science, Psychology, WBS, WMG). I am sponsored by the EPSRC and supervised by Prof. Rob Procter from the Department of Computer Science, Prof. Lukasz Walasek from the Department of Psychology, and Prof. Jessica Di Salvatore from the Department of Politics and International Studies. My field of expertise lies in data analytics, human-computer interaction and research ethics in social sciences and humanities. My general research interests are in food access and health and urban resilience, and in my research I integrate a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods, with a strong focus on spatial analysis. I am also a qualified music performer (violin) and a music teacher (classical music). Privately, I am passionate about WDCC collectibles, and I enjoy travelling and meeting people from various cultural backgrounds.


Starting in 2016, I have been involved in the teaching of the following modules:


My research is on food desserts and food swamps (physical distance from food outlets) and childhood obesity in the U.K., with a particular focus on various travel modes, geographical variation (urban context), and spatial accessibility. I developed numerous models using OLS, exploring both main effects and interaction terms, and plan to use fractional polynomials and spatial regression in order to better understand how food distance influence diet and obesity.


Titis E., Procter R., Walasek L. (2021). Assessing physical access to healthy food across United Kingdom: A systematic review of measures and findings. <em>Obes Sci Pract</em>. doi:10.1002/osp4.563

Titis E., Di Salvatore J., Procter R. (2021). The relative importance of income, density and supermarket distance for predicting childhood obesity rates in urban and rural areas in England, UK. Regional Studies. Under review

Transferable Skills & Extracurricular Activities

Recently, I was undertaking/auditing the following modules for enhancing my research and teaching skills:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science:
  • Teamworking in a Research Environment (Year1)
  • Writing Extended Scientific Articles and Reports (Year2)
  • Research Ethics and Practice (Year3)
  • Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: APP-PGR: 6-month taught course leading to Associate Fellowship HEA, University of Warwick
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research comprised of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods components, University of Warwick
  • IM913: Methods and Practice in Urban Science
  • IM919: Urban Data – Theory and Methodology
  • CS909: Data Mining
  • PGR Teacher Training: Preparing to Teach in Higher Education
  • Oxford Spring School in Advance Research Methods (Spatial Analysis & Forecasting & Data Visualisation), University of Oxford
  • Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (Agent-Based Modelling), University of Essex
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Elisabeth Titis