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Geographies of Health and Wellbeing (GoHWell)

Member Profile

Dr Joanne-Marie Cairns-Nagi

Teaching Fellow / Cluster Convenor, Geographies of Health and Wellbeing
Telephone: 43987 / 40089
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: F008 / IHRR 318

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2009 - 2012: PhD Geography, University of Durham (ESRC funded CASE studentship with the North East Public Health Observatory).
2008 - 2009: MA in Research Methods (Geography), University of Durham.
2005 - 2008: BA (Combined Honours), University of Durham.


Jo Cairns is a teaching fellow in Geography and a research associate at the Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing. Jo completed her PhD and MA in the Geography department, Durham University. Her doctoral research explored the concept of ‘health resilience’.

Jo’s current research interests include health inequalities, health promotion, assets-based approaches, community capacity building, risk and resilience particularly in relation to (ill)health, social capital, and social (in)justice issues.


Teaching commitments:

Academic advisor and dissertation supervisor

Level 2 Social Research Methods

Level 3 Geographies of Health & Health Care

Level 4 Understanding Risk

Professional Membership

  • Associate of the Higher Education Academy
  • Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) - Geography of Health Research Group.
  • British Sociological Association.

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

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