Dr. Odwa Atari

Dr. Odwa Atari portrait
Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Biology and Chemistry and Geography - Geography and Geology
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
BSc (Honours), University of Juba
MES, Dalhousie University
PhD, University of Western Ontario
Areas of Specialization:

Health geography; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); environmental management

Research Interests:

Environment and health; GIS and health; population health; air pollution exposure and health; geography and health in East Africa (South Sudan). 

Current & Future Research:

Canadian Census Mortality and Cancer Follow-up study;

Mobility, air pollution exposure, and health outcomes;

Air pollution modeling;

Socioeconomic determinants of health



Crouse, D.L., Peters, P.A., Villeneuve, P.J., Proux, M., Shin, H.H., Goldberg, M.S., Johnson, M., Wheeler, A.J., Allen, R.W., Atari, D.O., Jerrett, M., Brauer, M., Brook, J.R., Cakmak, S., and Burnett, R.T. (Forthcoming). Within-and between-city contrasts in nitrogen dioxide and mortality in 10 Canadian cities; a subset of the Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC). Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology doi: 10.1038/jes.2014.89

Atari, D. O. and McKague, K. 2014. South Sudan: Stakeholders’ Views of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and a Framework for Action. Journal of Vocational Education & Training.1-18

Atari, D. O. and Mkandawire, P. 2014 Spatial variation of management of childhood diarrhea in Malawi. Health and Place.29: 84-94

Atari, D. O. 2014. Gender Differences in the Prevalence and Determinants of Tobacco Use Among School-Aged Adolescents (11 – 17 years) in Sudan and South Sudan. PanAfrican Medical Journal 18:118. doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.18.118.3202

Atari, D. O., Luginaah, I., Kevin, G., Xu, X, and Fung, K. (2013). Associations between self-reported odour annoyance and volatile organic compounds in "Chemical Valley," Sarnia, Ontario. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 185: 4537 – 4549. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-012-2887-3

Crouse, D., Peters, P., van Donkelaar, A., Goldberg, M. S., Villeneuve, P. J., Brion, O., Khan, S., Atari, D. O., Jerrett, M., Pope III, C. A., Brauer, M., Brook, J., Martin, R., Stieb, A., and Burnett, R. (2012). Risk of Mortality Associated with Long-term Exposure to Low Concentrations of Fine Particulate Matter: A Canadian National-level Population-based Cohort Study. Environmental Health Perspective. 120(5): 708 – 714.

Miller, L., Xu, X., Wheeler, A., Atari, D. O., Grgicak-Mannion, A., and Luginaah, I. (2011). Spatial Variability and Application of Ratios between BTEX in Two Canadian Cities. The Scientific World Journal, 11: 2536-2549 Publications

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

Atari, D. 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(5): 483-500

Yiridoe, E. K., Atari, D. O., Gordon, R., and Smale, S. (2010). Factors influencing participation in the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program. Land Use Policy. 27: 1097-1106

Atari, D. 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.

Atari, D. 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, D. O., Yiridoe, E. K., Smale, S., and Duinker, P. N. (2009). What Motivates Farmers to Participate in the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program? Evidence and Environmental Policy Implications. Journal of Environmental Management. 90(2): 1269-1279.

Atari, D. O., Luginaah, I., Xu, X, and Fung, K. (2008). Spatial Variability of Ambient NO2 and SO2 in Sarnia, “Chemical Valley”, Ontario. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 71(24): 1572 – 1581.