Celia Chaiban PhD Student (UCL, ULB co-supervision)

  • celia.chaiban@uclouvain.be

PhD project

Celia is a PhD student based at UCL under the supervision of Sophie Vanwambeke, co-supervised by M. Gilbert at SpELL. Her thesis deals with the development of farm distribution models that could translate aggregated statistics on livestock numbers per census unit into spatially-realistic distribution of individual farms. Her investigations are carried out along a gradient of intensification with analyses carried out with data from Kenya, Thailand, and Belgium. This allows better understanding of the factors influencing farms distributions. Better and more realistic distribution data at the farm level will help environmental and epidemiological impact assessments.


Downscaling livestock census data using multivariate predictive models: Sensitivity to modifiable areal unit problem
D. D. Re, M. Gilbert, C. Chaiban, P. Bourguignon, W. Thanapongtharm, T. P. Robinson, and S. O. Vanwambeke. "PLOS ONE", Vol. 15, Issue 1, Pages e0221070, 2020.

Point pattern simulation modelling of extensive and intensive chicken farming in Thailand: Accounting for clustering and landscape characteristics
C. Chaiban, C. Biscio, W. Thanapongtharm, M. Tildesley, X. Xiao, T. P. Robinson, S. O. Vanwambeke, and M. Gilbert. "Agricultural Systems", Vol. 173, Pages 335-344, 2019.

Global mapping of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 and H5Nx clade viruses with spatial cross-validation
M. S. Dhingra, J. Artois, T. P. Robinson, C. Linard, C. Chaiban, I. Xenarios, R. Engler, R. Liechti, D. Kuznetsov, X. Xiao, S. V. Dobschuetz, F. Claes, S. H. Newman, G. Dauphin, and M. Gilbert. "eLife", Vol. 5, Pages e19571, 2016.

Clade-level Spatial Modelling of HPAI H5N1 Dynamics in the Mekong Region Reveals New Patterns and Associations with Agro-Ecological Factors
J. Artois, S. H. Newman, M. S. Dhingra, C. Chaiban, C. Linard, G. Cattoli, I. Monne, A. Fusaro, I. Xenarios, R. Engler, R. Liechti, D. Kuznetsov, T. L. Pham, T. Nguyen, V. D. Pham, D. Castellan, S. Von Dobschuetz, F. Claes, G. Dauphin, K. Inui, and M. Gilbert. "Scientific Reports", Vol. 6, Pages 30316, 2016.

"Analyse de la distribution géographique des différents clades d’influenza A H5N1 dans la région du Mékong".
C. Chaiban.
MSc thesis, Université Libre de Bruxelles. 2014.