Personal profile


I studied geography at the University of Bristol and Pennsylvania State University, with an intermediate spell at the University of Lund in Sweden. I then joined the School of Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia. I have held visiting appointments at the Catholic University of Chile and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I retired from UEA in 2011.

Key Research Interests

My interest in health began with research investigating the future role of community hospitals in rural settings. This developed into subsequent investigations on the effects of geographical accessibility on health and health service use. The most recent examples are studies of cancer survival and its associations with access to cancer services. I have also worked on geographical inequalities in health and the influence of environmental risk factors. Neighbourhood effects on childhood injuries and the determinants of road traffic accidents are current concerns. 

Significant Publications

  • Haynes, R., Daras, K., Reading, R. and Jones, A. (2007) Modifiable neighbourhood units, zone design and residents’ perceptions. Health and Place 13(4), 812-825. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.01.002 
  • Haynes R, Reading R and Gale S.  (2003) Household and neighbourhood risks for injury to 5-14 year old children. Social Science and Medicine 57: 625-636. DOI: 10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00446-X
  • Haynes, R, Lovett, A and Sunnenberg, G. (2003) Potential accessibility, travel time and consumer choice: geographical variations in general medical practice registrations in Eastern England. Environment and Planning A  35: 1733-1750. DOI: 10.1068/a35165 
  • Haynes, R, Jones, A.P, Harvey, I and Jewell, A. (2005) Geographical distribution of road traffic deaths in England and Wales: place of accident compared with place of residence. Journal of Public Health  27: 107-111. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdh212
  • Haynes, R, Jones, A.P, Kennedy, V., Harvey, I and Jewell, A. (2007) District variations in road curvature in England and Wales and their association with road traffic accident rates. Environment and Planning A 39(5): 1222-1237. DOI: 10.1068/a38106 
  • Haynes, R, Jones, A P, Sauerzapf, V, Zhao, H. (2006) Validation of travel times to hospital estimated by GIS. International Journal of Health Geographics 5:40 DOI: 10.1186/1476-072X-5-40 

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Areas of Expertise

Rural Health Services

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being