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Dr Bethan Evans PhD

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography Geography and Planning

    Research

    Research Interest 1

    My research lies at the intersection of feminist, poststructural, post-medical, embodied, urban and children's geographies. My work critically explores the (bio)politics surrounding health and education policy in relation to a range of theoretical debates. A particular focus for my work to date has been anti-obesity policy, in relation to two specific areas: first education policy and the role of children's bodies within pre-emptive health policy; and secondly urban governance and design and the role of planning professionals in health policy. My work is interdisciplinary in nature and I have managed two recent interdisciplinary projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The first, an ESRC research project 'Designing Out Fatness: The Built Environment in Anti Obesity Policy' and the second, an ESRC seminar series titled 'Fat Studies and Health At Every Size: Bigness Beyond Obesity'. In addition to these projects, I am also involved in ongoing research with colleagues at Durham University titled 'Embodied Encounters: Relating Past, Present and Future Bodies Between Generations', with Richard Phillips to explore the role of creativity in relation to wellbeing and I am co-authoring a book (with Rachel Colls, Durham University) titled 'Fat Bodies, Fat Spaces: Critical Geographies of Obesity' to be published by Wiley-Blackwell as part of the Antipode book series.

    Research Grants
    • Young people and stories of the riots: Liverpool 1981 and 2011
    • Proximities of Care: Exploring the spatial relations of voluntary and technological support for people living with dementia
    • Value in People Award 2005.
    Research Collaborations

    Kathrin Horschelmann

    External: Durham University

    Joint research project and joint paper

    Tim Edensor

    External: Manchester Metropolitan University

    Co-authored book chapter

    Jon Binnie

    External: Manchester Metropolitan University

    Co-authored book chapter

    Julian Holloway

    External: Manchester Metropolitan University

    Co-authored book chapter

    Richard Phillips

    Internal

    Joint research grant application to the Wellcome Trust

    Steve Millington

    External: Manchester Metropolitan University

    Co-authored book chapter

    Charlotte Cooper

    External: University of Limerick

    Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    Jon Coaffee

    External: University of Birmingham

    Joint ESRC project

    Shirlene Badger

    External: Anglia Polytechnic University

    Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    Corinna Tomrley

    External: University of York

    Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    Lucy Aphramor

    External: Coventry University

    Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    Lee Monaghan

    External: University of Limerick

    Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    Karen Throsby

    External: University of Warwick

    Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    Rachel Colls

    External: The University of Durham

    Collaboration on research publications, conference session organisation, special issue editing and co-I on ESRC seminar series

    LORN

    Internal

    SES steering group representative on Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN)

    Clare Thetford

    Internal

    Collaboration on Wellcome VIP funded project ¿Bridging the knowledge.behaviour gap: young people and STIs¿ (with Prof. Bill Gould). Continued collaboration re. outputs from this project.

    Lynne Kennedy

    Internal

    Co-holdres of Wellcome VIP grant ¿Disordered eating: disordered bodies? A pilot project in considering children's experiences of referral procedures for childhood obesity¿

    Emma Rich

    External: Loughborough University

    Collaboration on research publications; Co-I on ESRC seminar series

    John Evans

    External: Loughborough University

    Collaboration on research publications


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