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Dr. Fikriyah Winata

Fikriyah Winata

Assistant Professor of Geospatial Sciences and Geography

213 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

I am health geographer by training and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University. My research agenda and published work focus on understanding disparities of access to health care services and resources supporting health (e.g., healthy food stores, health-promoting places, and social networks) among disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the United States. My ultimate research goal is to contribute to improving physical and mental health and wellbeing among disadvantaged communities locally and internationally. I use mixed methods approaches, including GIS, spatial and statistical analysis, and quantitative and qualitative data from secondary and primary sources. Further, I have developed innovative methods for collecting and analyzing the data. My current research includes:

(1) Health and Wellbeing Geographies of Female Domestic Workers: This research investigates how Indonesian FDWs in Hong Kong gain access (or not) to health-promoting places and social networks and the resulting impacts on health and wellbeing.

(2) Health and Healthcare Inequalities: Within health and health inequalities, I am currently working on two research projects. (2a) The first project is part of a multi-year NSF EPSCoR grant on which I am Co-Principal Investigator. This project is an interdisciplinary program for research, education, and outreach on climate change and adaptive resilience in Yazoo – Mississippi Delta (Award #2316382). My component of the project investigates disparities in access to healthcare infrastructure (hospitals, rural clinics, pharmacies, etc.) and food and nutrition assistance programs and the effects of climate change and agricultural activities on respiratory illnesses in the Mississippi Delta. (2b) The second project entitles Geographic disparities in access to mental health facilities, providers, and treatment in Mississippi. This project uses mixed method approaches to understand the geographic disparities on mental health providers, and treatment locations, and services across Mississippi.

(3) Use of Innovative Methods to Address Health Disparities: I have been fostering methodological innovation for health disparities research that enables more effective and economical primary data collection. I am currently writing a paper advocating for virtual fieldwork as an alternative method.


  • Ph.D. Geography (2022), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
  • M.S. Geography (2018), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
  • B.S. Geography (2012), University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia.


  • Assistant Professor: Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, Aug 2022 - current
  • Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant: Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, Jun 2019 – Aug 2022
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, Jun 2020 – Aug 2022
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Pathobiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, Aug 2018 – Aug 2019
  • Graduate Research Assistant: State Farm Research and Development Center, Champaign, IL, Jan 2017 – Aug 2018
  • GIS Specialist and Instructor: Esri Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan 2013 – Jul 2016

Research Interests

  • Health and Medical Geography
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Mental Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Quantitative Geography
  • Qualitative GIS
  • Mixed-Methods and Survey Research
  • Feminist Geography
  • Gendered Mobility

Teaching Areas

  • GR4/6990 Special Topics in GR: Health Applications of GIS
  • GR 4/6123 Urban Geography
  • GR 1123 Intro to World Regional Geography
  • GR 4/6283 Geography of Islamic World

Honors/Professional Activities

  • 2022 – 2026: Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, American Association of Geographers
  • 2023 – 2025: Conference Session Coordinator, Feminist Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

Graduate Students

  • 2023 – 2025: Ria Mukherjee (Master’s)

Recent Publications

  • Winata, F., and McLafferty, S.L. (2023). Therapeutic Landscapes, Networks, and Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Methods Study Among Female Domestic Workers. Social Science and Medicine, 115803, ISSN 0277-9536. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115803 [IF = 5.379; Q1]
  • Winata, F., and McLafferty, S.L. (2023) Therapeutic Landscape and Networks in Restricted Lives: Constructing Restorative Experiences among Indonesian Female Domestic Workers in Hong Kong. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 5, 100163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wss.2023.100163 [IF = N/A new journal; Q2]
  • Winata, F., McLafferty, S.L., Guhlincozzi, A.R., and Zhou, Y. (2023). Geospatial Technologies and Public Health. In The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society. Kent, A. J., and Specht, D (Eds). Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.4324/9780367855765-36, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Geospatial-Technolog...
  • Singleton, C.R., Winata, F., Adeyemi, O.S., Parab, K.V., and Aguiñaga, S. (2023). Violent Crime, Physical Inactivity, and Obesity: Examining Differences in Spatial Relationships by Racial/Ethnic Composition of Community Residents. Journal of Urban Health, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-023-00716-z [IF = 5.801; Q1]
  • McLafferty, S.L, and Winata, F. (2023). Conducting Questionnaire Survey. In Key Methods in Geography 4th Edition. Clifford, N., Cope, M., Gillespie, T., and French, S (Eds). SAGE Publisher. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/key-methods-in-geography/book277816#des...
  • Singleton, C.R., Winata, F., Adams, A.M., McLafferty, S.L., Sheehan, K., and Zenk, S. (2022) County-level Associations between Food Retailer Availability and Violent Crime Rate in the U.S. BMC Public Health, 22: 2002. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-14415-y [IF = 4.545; Q1]
  • Singleton, C.R., Winata, F., Roehll A.M, Adamu, I., and McLoughlin, G.M. (2022). Community-Level Factors Associated with Geographic Access to Food Retailers offering Nutrition Incentives in Chicago, IL. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2022;19:210211. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd19.210211 [IF = 5.5; Q1]
  • Winata, F., and McLafferty, S.L. (2021). Spatial and Socioeconomic Inequalities in the Availability of Community Health Centres in the Jakarta region, Indonesia. Geospatial Health vol. 16(2) https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2021.982 [IF = 1.212; Q2]
  • McLafferty, S.L., Guhlincozzi, A., and Winata, F. (2021) Counting COVID: Quantitative Geographic Approaches to COVID-19. In COVID-19 and Similar Futures Geographical Perspectives, Issues and Agendas. Andrews, G.J., Crooks, V., Pearce, J., and Messina, J. (Eds). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70179-6_54
  • Gilliam, M.E, Gronemeyer, P., Chakraborty, S., Winata, F., Lyons, L.A., Miller-Hunt, C., Tuten, H.C., Debosik, S., Freeman, D., Ruiz, M.O., and Mateus-Pinilla, Nohra. (2020). Impact
    of Unexplored and Multiple Data Sources on the Historical Distribution of Three Vector Tick Species in Illinois. Journal of Medical Entomology, Vol 57 Issue 3, 872-883 https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjz235 [IF = 2.319; Q1]
  • Syanalia, R.A., and Winata, F. (2018). Decarbonizing Energy in Bali with Solar Photovoltaic: GIS- Based Evaluation on Grid-Connected System. Indonesian Journal of Energy Vol. 1 No. 2 (2018) 5- 20 DOI: https://doi.org/10.33116/ije.v1i2.22 [IF = 0.300]
  • Winata, F., and Guhlincozzi, A.R. (expected in 2024). Gendered Mobility, (Im)mobility, and Women’s Access to Health Care: Perspectives from the Global South and Global North. In Handbook of Gender and Mobilities. Preston, V., Yeoh, B.S.A., Maciejewska, M., and McLafferty, S.L. (Eds). Edward Elgar Publishing. (Forthcoming)

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