Cristina Temenos

Cristina Temenos


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Cristina Temenos is a Reader in Human Geography and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. She received her PhD in Urban Geography from Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on health inequalities and the politics of access to care in cities globally. She is one of the first scholars working in the field of policy mobilities, a new approach to knowledge translation, and she has developed this work in relation to drug use and treatment, public health, housing, economic austerity, environmental sustainability, transport, and climate change. Cristina’s research analyses the relational politics of public health and social reproduction in cities across the so-called 'global north' and 'global south'. Current work examines the effects of post 2008 austerity policies of public health services and intersecting heath, economic and social crises across Latin America and Europe. Her research also engages these interests through a focus on the geographies of harm reduction drug policy and the ways that social movements produce and mobilize knowledge about health and human rights to advocate for policy change in cities.


Cristina is the Co-lead on Poverty and Deprivation for the University of Manchester’s Health Inequalities Initiative, and she also Co-leads the Cities, Politics, and Economies Research Group. Cristina is an editorial board member for Environment & Planning C: Politics & Space and Geography Compass. She is the author, together with Tim Cresswell, Peter Adey and Anna Nikolaeva, of the book Moving Towards Transition: Commoning Mobility for a Low Carbon Future and Co-editor of the book The Urban Politics of Policy Failure. Her academic articles have been published in numerous international journals including the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and Environment & Planning A.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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