Profiles in Health Geography: Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown, Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Tim’s research interests lie primarily in the application of critical discourse analysis to health-related issues. He is Secretary/ Treasurer of the RGS/IBG Geography of Health Research Group and is co-editor of the forthcoming Companion to Health and Medical Geography.

Born in Worcester, England, Tim spent much of his early academic career at the University of Portsmouth. He arrived there as a mature student in 1989 and graduated with a BA in geography in 1992. He then went on to join a small group of graduates from this cohort who went on to undertake doctoral research under the supervision of Pam Shurmer-Smith. He gained his PhD with a dissertation: ‘AIDS in the UK: modes of representation, systems of governance,’ in 1997. Though starting his life as a social and cultural geographer, with a particular interest in Foucaultian discourse analysis, Tim’s association with health geography was cemented when he began work for Professor Graham Moon in 1994. Initially intended as a post that would support the production of a revised edition of Health, Disease and Society, his work with Graham shifted to focus on analyses of health-care restructuring in the UK.

Work in this area has been published in journals such as Transactions of the IBG and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. After completing his thesis, Tim took up a postdoctoral post at Portsmouth in 1998, where he went on to expand his research interests, especially in relation to the development of critical approaches to public health. After leaving Portsmouth in 2003, Tim moved to Loughborough University where he worked closely with Professor Morag Bell on an array of health-related projects before taking up his current position as a Lecturer in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently working on extending his public health research by examining what might be termed a global ‘ethics of care’ and is a co-editor of the forthcoming Companion to Health and Medical Geography, which will be published in 2009.

Originally posted:  March 2008