Elizabeth Mroz

Elizabeth Mroz


I am a PhD student, funded by the NERC Panorama DTP. I am primarily interested in floods and how they affect both the environmental suitability of malaria and the ability of populations to access healthcare. 

Prior to beginning my PhD, I completed a Masters by Research where I incorporated seasonal flooding into GIS frameworks modelling geographical access to health services. In this project, I applied my new framework to a case study – the Barotse Floodplain, a large African floodplain in Zambia – to demonstrate how access dynamically changed through space and time with the passing of the 2018 floodwave. This new approach provided unprecedented information about the onset, duration, and cessation of flood impacts, and I am continuing with this research for the first chapter of my PhD. Namely, I am exploring how climate change could alter the Barotse Floodplain’s seasonal floodwave, and how changes to the floodwave could potentially affect access to healthcare. 

Research interests

  • GIS
  • Access to healthcare
  • Malaria environmental suitability and transmission
  • Remote sensing
  • Hydrology
  • Hydrodynamic modelling
  • Geomorphology 


  • 2020-2021, Masters by Research, University of Leeds
  • 2016-2020, BSc Geography (Industrial), University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management