Five challenges for spatial epidemic models

Steven Riley*, Ken Eames, Valerie Isham, Denis Mollison, Pieter Trapman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Infectious disease incidence data are increasingly available at the level of the individual and include high-resolution spatial components. Therefore, we are now better able to challenge models that explicitly represent space. Here, we consider five topics within spatial disease dynamics: the construction of network models; characterising threshold behaviour; modelling long-distance interactions; the appropriate scale for interventions; and the representation of population heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68–71
Early online date31 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • Gravity model
  • Metapopulations
  • Networks
  • Percolation theory No items selected
  • Spatial models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology


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