Helena Nogueira has a first degree in nutrition (1987) and another in geography (1996). She earned her PhD in geography in 2007 at the University of Coimbra, where she has been teaching and researching since 1999. She is interested in health geography and her research is focused on social determinants of health, health behaviours, neighbourhood effects on health, health inequalities, obesogenic environments and statistical methodologies applied to this issues.
Helena Nogueira research on the social determinants of health and health iniquities focuses mainly issues related with urbanization and health, sociomaterial deprivation, local social organization (social support and cohesion), availability of healthy local opportunities (e.g., food and physical activity facilities, urban green areas and its impacts on physical activity and obesity, mental stress, social interaction) and, in general, children’ obesogenic environments. She also has interest on relations between climate and health. As a teacher, she combines aspects of health geography, urban planning and statistics. She has two rewarded investigations; in 2006, she was co-author of a research about the maternal-child care in an immigrant population (Bial Prize of Clinic Medicine); in 2008 she had a prize with a research about territories of vulnerability or opportunity to health (Prize of Health and Quality of Life in Urban Areas, from the Portuguese Network of Healthy Cities).