Landon Kuester

Landon Kuester


Personal profile


Dr Kuester is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Manchester, holding a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Community Health and Anthropology from Brown University. He joined the University of Manchester in 2023, researching prisoner health, transcultural policing, and substance use. His book, Violence in Pursuit of Health: Living with HIV in the American Prison System (Palgrave, 2021), explores how inmates living with HIV gain agency and negotiate rights and resources in custody. He is the Creative Section Editor of the Journal of Organizational Ethnography and an Expert Advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Researcher, King's College London

31 Jan 2016 → …

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • GN Anthropology


  • Prison Health
  • Drugs
  • Digital Culture
  • Violence