Medical geographer in White Rock, BC, Canada
Peter was formerly Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the (French language) University of Montreal (UdeM) and continues his relationship with UdeM as ‘professeur honoraire’. He is a medical geographer focused on the health status and risk factors of diadvantaged cultural groups (the Inuit and Cree of northern Québec, herders of Mongolia, the Miao peoples of southwest China, and a group of nomadic herders in southern Qinghai, China). The results have been mainly reported in the scientific journal Social Science and Medicine. A short list is available. Born in China, his greatest academic pleasure has always been the teaching of the human geography of China. He has travelled widely in that country for the last 35 years. He continues to travel extensively, in non-pandemic times accompanying his wife Beth as she gives lectures on cultural history for two cruise lines. However, his geographic focus continues to be on China as he devotes as much time as possible to both writing and photography. He is also involved with his church community and an NGO for sustainable development in the mountain areas of Central Asia.