Senior Lecturer, Public Health and Wellbeing
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South African by birth, I came to the UK at 19. I did my first degree in Economics at the University of Bangor, and followed this with a Masters in International Development and Natural Resources. Following this I went to the University of Edinburgh to study for a Masters in Public Health, and subsequently a PhD in Public Health and Medical Anthropology.
I have a pressing need to try and understand the way the world works, from economic and health systems to understanding the links between global and local pressures and the drivers that influence individuals and their personal experiences. In short, I am interested in the big questions, What makes us happy and healthy? How do we build better and more connected and prosperous communities and cities? Is it too late to stop Global Climate change? As much as possible I try to encourage my students to reflect on who they are, and what they hope to accomplish in their studies, in their lives, their work, and in their communities when they leave Glyndwr.
I am an adventurer at heart, and if I have one hobby that keeps me motivated, it is travel, and the pressing need to see what’s beyond the next horizon. There are many reasons for this, but in our fast changing, and anxiety provoking times, and I find Mark Twain’s sentiments most fitting: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness...”
MSc International Natural Resource Development
Master Public Health
PhD Public Health and Medial Anthropology
I am the programme lead for the BSc Public Health and Wellbeing, and I lead on a number of modules including Global Health Challenges; Health Across the Life-course; Health Promotion; Research Methods; and Study Skills
I have undertaken primary research on HIV and Rural Livelihoods in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and undertook my doctoral research in the town of Barberton in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I have also undertaken work in Kenya exploring the intersection of traditional herbal, and medical therapeutic avenues.
Beyond this my research interests are broad, and include exploring how health and the built environment intersect; the cultural context of health and therapeutic systems; ‘African traditional medicine’ and the thought systems of ‘traditional healers’; the relationship between the nature, health and wellbeing; and, importantly, how we can understand the narrative context of disease and illness through stories.