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Jennifer O'Brien


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University College of Interdisciplinary Learning. Creating a Sustainable World, 21st Century Challenges and the SDGs:

Year 1

First year advisor
Pre registration field-course to Keswick
GEOG 11092 - Approaches to Research (Course Co-ordinator)
GEOG 12011 - Tutorials and Team Project 1 (Co-ordinator)
GEOG 12022 - Tutorials and Team Project 2 (Co-ordinator)

Year 2

GEOG 20072 - Overseas Fieldwork (Amsterdam)
GEOG 20330 - Development, Inequality and Environment  (Co delivered with Erik Swyngedouw)
GEOG 20771 - Applying Geography (Tutor)
GEOG 20820 - Doing Geographical Research (lecturer in Questionnaires and their analysis)
GEOG 20062 - Dissertation tutor

Year 3

GEOG 30700 - Team Project and General Paper



  • BA (Hons) University of Manchester
  • MA Human Geography (RT) University of Manchester
  • PhD University of Manchester

Research interests

My interdisciplinary research is concerned with questions of health and disease, and healthcare access and delivery within marginalised communities in both the developing and developed world. I have a particular interest in maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, older peoples health, therapeutic landscapes and social constructions of health and lifestyle in the broadest sense. My interests also cross from the biomedical model into alternative methods of healing, particularly traditional healing, herbalism and witchcraft and the potential knowledge transfer between the two. Increasingly, I have also engaged with the emerging, and highly topical, interdisciplinary literature in care and its delivery. In relation, I have a particular interest in research ethics in both a theoretical and practical sense and particularly amongst vulnerable communities.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


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