Tim Brown

Tim Brown
Queen Mary, University of London | QMUL · School of Geography

PhD
I’m working on several projects focused on food and nutrition security in Zimbabwe and the UK.

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Introduction
I'm currently working on several funded projects focused on different dimensions of food and nutrition security in Zimbabwe. The projects are interdisciplinary and we are working with rural households in Shurugwi District as well as in Harare. Field research is ongoing on most of the projects and publications are due later in 2021.
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January 2008 - present
Queen Mary, University of London
January 2007 - present
Loughborough University
January 2004 - present

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Publications (54)
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In the months since the arrival of COVID-19 we questioned whether it was possible, in the words of Paula Treichler, to have theory in an epidemic. What can scholars schooled in the deconstructive arts say at this point? With this question in mind, this chapter considers Treichler’s chronicling of HIV/AIDS, as well as Priscilla Wald’s account of the...
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In the months since the arrival of COVID-19, we questioned whether it was possible, in the words of Paula Treichler, to have theory in an epidemic. What can scholars schooled in the deconstructive arts say at this point? With this question in mind, this chapter considers Treichler’s chronicling of HIV/AIDS, as well as Priscilla Wald’s account of th...
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Drawing on the concept of ‘medicalized nativism’ fostered by Kraut (1994), Wald (2008) reveals how disease carriers are fiercely maligned in such periods of hyper-nationalism. So too the places they inhabit. Such pathologising discourse is not only used to justify greater regulation and control at and also within a nation’s borders – as if “nationa...
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This paper explores the role Science and Technology Studies (STS) could play in critical studies of public health practice. An STS perspective is applied to two case studies which explore how experimental public health practice varies over time and space. These case studies include the promotion of ‘green space’ in densely populated urban environme...
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Geographers have given little attention to the attempts by the Clinton administration to reform the US health care “system”. This paper considers the use of spatialized language in key documents and debates associated with the reform process. It considers the ways in which the administration exercised a Foucauldian form of governmentality appealing...
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Stunting (low height for age) affects approximately one-quarter of children aged < 5 years worldwide. Given the limited impact of current interventions for stunting, new multisectoral evidence-based approaches are needed to decrease the burden of stunting in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Recognizing that the health of people, animals, a...
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Background There is a large treatment gap for common mental disorders in rural areas of low-income countries. We tested the Friendship Bench as a brief psychological intervention delivered by village health workers (VHWs) in rural Zimbabwe. Methods Rural women identified with depression in a previous trial received weekly home-based problem-solvin...
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The human microbiome is an important emergent area of cross, multi and transdisciplinary study. The complexity of this topic leads to conflicting narratives and regulatory challenges. It raises questions about the benefits of its commercialisation and drives debates about alternative models for engaging with its publics, patients and other potentia...
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Recent geographical scholarship has drawn attention to the ways in which the practice of public health constructs particular bodies and populations as “risky.” From a biopolitical perspective, this status of being “at risk” offers the basis for an emergent biosociality, groups brought together by a shared vulnerability to disease, which then forms...
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This paper is based upon findings from the qualitative element of a mixed-methods study on the response of Black women aged 25-50 to a public health intervention related to breast cancer. The focus groups were conducted in the London Borough of Hackney, UK between 2013 and 2016, and were part of an evaluation of the effectiveness of a breast awaren...
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Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction explores health and biomedical topics from a range of critical geographic perspectives. Building on the field’s past engagement with social theory it extends the focus of health geography into new areas of enquiry. •Introduces key topics in health geography through clear and engaging examples and case st...
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Background: The mean age of presentation for breast cancer among black women is substantially earlier than their white counterparts. Black women also present with adverse prognostic factors that have major clinical implications, including lower survival. To pilot the use of a 6 min DVD on breast cancer in young (under 50 years) black women, to rai...
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Family meals, as acts of domestic food provisioning, are shaped by the competing influences of household resources, food preferences and broader cultural norms around dietary practices. The place of children’s food tastes in family meal practices is particularly complex. Food tastes stand in a reciprocal relationship with family food practices: bei...
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In this paper, we explore the emergence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as an object of political concern in and for countries of the global South. While epidemiologists and public health practitioners and scholars have long expressed concern with the changing global distribution of the burden of NCDs, it is only in more recent years that the a...
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Historically organised at a local or national scale, the fields of medicine and healthcare are being radically transformed by new communication, transport and biotechnologies creating, in the process, a genuinely globalised sphere of biomedical production and consumption. This emerging market is characterised by the circulation of bodily materials...
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This paper introduces the articles that comprise the themed section ‘bodies across borders’ which investigates how the social and spatial dynamics of healthcare provision are being transformed by both neo-liberalization and globalization. The articles demonstrate how the central tenets of neoliberalism: the promotion of individual autonomy as reali...
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In recent years, food crises have heightened awareness of food security vulnerabilities even in rich nations. However, the extent to which various issues related to food security (such as consistent access to nutritious food in conditions which maintain human dignity) have been incorporated into Canadian policy and practice is not well documented....
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Picky eaters are defined as those who consume an inadequate variety of food through rejection of a substantial amount of food stuffs that are both familiar and unfamiliar. Picky eating is a relatively recent theoretical concept and while there is increasing concern within public health over the lack of diversity in some children's diets, adult pick...
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Similarly to scholars in other disciplines allied with the arts, humanities, and social sciences, geographers have explored the ways in which particular kinds of bodies have been represented as diseased and/or healthy in both the past and the present. Foucault's work on the body as a site of particular regimes of knowledge and power relations has b...
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Geographers have recently begun to make a considerable contribution to global health. Most notably, this contribution has involved unpicking the national and international response to the problem of global health and submitting it to critical scrutiny. Such work not only requires paying close attention to the differing ways in which global health i...
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This paper focuses on the conversion of disused burial grounds and cemeteries into gardens and playgrounds in East London from around the 1880s through to the end of the century. In addition to providing further empirical depth, especially relating to the work of philanthropic organisations such as the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association, the a...
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It has been hypothesised that residents of deprived neighbourhoods have poorer economic access to physical activity resources, inhibiting physical activity. Here we explore whether the cost of accessing gyms and fitness centres varies by neighbourhood deprivation in Wales. The location of gyms and fitness suites were obtained, and a telephone surve...
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Drawing on evidence from the Framingham Heart Study, Christakis and Fowler in their 2007 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine make the claim that obesity spreads in social networks. Whether they are correct in this assertion is neither the concern nor focus of this article. Rather, what is of interest is the subsequent mobilisat...
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Despite a sustained academic interest in the environmental determinants of diet, relatively little is known about the ways in which individuals interact with their neighbourhood food environment and the use of its most important element, the supermarket. This qualitative study explores how residents of deprived neighbourhoods shop for food and how...
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The rise of the term global health reflects a concern with rethinking the meaning of health in the context of globalization. As a field of practice, however, global health renders problems, populations, and spaces visible and amenable to intervention in differentiated ways. Whereas some problems are considered to be global, others are not. Some are...
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In the wake of the report of the World Health Organisation's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, Closing the gap in a generation (Marmot 2008), this invited commentary considers the scope for geographical research on global health. We reflect on current work and note future possibilities, particularly those that take a critical perspec...
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This paper contributes to extant understandings of media representations of climate change by examining the role of the English regional newspaper press in the transformation and dissemination of climate change discourse. Unlike previous accounts, this paper contends that such newspapers shape public understandings of climate change in ways that ha...
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The question of global health has, at least since 9/11, (re)emerged as one of the world's key geopolitical issues and, as many scholars have noted, this increased attention to the state of world health is especially focused on questions of national security and vulnerability. Despite its prominence in political, health policy and scholarly circles,...
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Healthcare systems have undergone several phases of restructuring, particularly following the global economic slowdown of the mid-1970s. This process has been presented in both deterministic and developmentalist terms and, for some scholars at least, is seen as a technical response to an emerging crisis in welfare provision. However, decisions made...
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A “Companion to Health and Medical Geography”References
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This Companion provides a comprehensive account of health and medical geography and approaches the major themes and key topics from a variety of angles. Offers a unique breadth of topics relating to both health and medical geography. Includes contributions from a range of scholars from rising stars to established, internationally renowned authors....
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In recent years, the implications of globalisation for the spread of infectious diseases has begun to emerge as an area of concern to political geographers. Unsurprisingly, much of the contemporary literature focuses on the multifarious threats posed by human and, increasingly, non-human mobility. Prompted by current geopolitical concerns surroundi...
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During the last decades of the 20th century it became increasingly apparent that the inter-relationship between globalisation and health is extremely complex. This complexity is highlighted in debates surrounding the re-emergence of infectious diseases, where it is recognised that the processes of globalisation have combined to create the condition...
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In May 2004 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially launched the 'Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health'. Lying at its heart is the recognition that many of the risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly poor diet and physical inactivity, have begun to move beyond the confines of the West. It was thi...
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This paper is inspired by an outbreak of pulmonary tuberculosis in the British East Midlands city of Leicester in 2001. In an era characterized by unprecedented advances in Western medical science an event of this kind might appear surprising. It challenges the feeling of wellbeing held in many Western countries, particularly in relation to disease...
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The history of medical geography is marked by a search for ancestors. The story usually begins in the writing of Hippocrates before re-emerging in the works of 18th and 19th century practitioners. In recent years, historical geographers have called for the destabilising of such assertions of lineage and descent. This paper offers a reconsideration...
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There have been few studies of spatialized discourse within contemporary healthcare policy-making. This paper addresses this omission, focusing on the governmental presentation of the little-studied measures that consolidated the post-1989 reforms of the NHS in England and Wales, and culminated in the Health Authorities Act 1995. A short section pl...
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The aim of this paper is to suggest an analytical framework through which the complex question of hospital closure and local protest can be further explored. The significance of this area of study lies with the extraordinary events that surrounded a campaign to save the Kidderminster General Hospital from downsizing. Whilst the hospital was not sav...
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Following the move to a ‘post–medical’ geography, a large amount of research has come to focus on public health issues. This paper explores these current geographies of public health and argues for the development of a more critical perspective. In particular, it draws on commentary that has emerged out of debates that have taken place within a bod...
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Debates concerning the nature and extent of hospital provision in London, England are longstanding. Reviews in the 1990s have focused on a perceived over-provision and recommended rationalisation. This paper explores the representations of place which emerged in the discourses surrounding the possible closure of St Bartholomew's Hospital (Barts), L...
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In the opening to this paper we concern ourselves with the concept of health as it is currently understood in the now reformulated 'geography of health'. We focus on countering the assumption that the desire for health is the main drive behind individual patterns of consumption. To this end, we turn to a more culturally informed analysis which iden...
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This paper considers the discursive properties of public health literature produced around AIDS in the 1980s and early 1990s. Attention is focused upon the role of health promotion in the UK government's response to the epidemic and on the language used in the educational campaigns conducted by the Health Education Council and its replacement the H...
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This accessible and clearly-structured book offers a comprehensive insight into the methods and principles of epidemiological study alongside an analysis of the broad context in which epidemiological work is undertaken. Chapters on sources of epidemiological data, on epidemiological study designs and on basic statistical measures for epidemiologica...

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These papers present research agendas for health geography and examine the genealogy, history and development of the subdiscipline