With a Ph.D. in Geography from University of Minnesota, MPhil in Population Studies, and a M.A. in Urban Development from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India Dr. Debs Ghosh is currently an Associate Professor of Geography at University of Connecticut. She is also a Principal Investigator of the Institute on Collaboration for Health Intervention and Policy, co-director of mHealth/ehealth research interest group, and affiliated with Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. As a health geographer, Debs’ research and teaching are primarily focused on the reciprocal relationship between ‘place’ and health, where place is a multidimensional unit, connecting people (vulnerable populations), things (facilitators and barriers), and environment. Central to this is her diverse yet complementary skill set including GIS, spatial statistics, social network analysis, mHealth (mobile-health), and more recently, designs of randomized controlled trials. Dr. Ghosh’s ultimate goal is to conduct ‘spatial behavioral interventions’ where research findings are translated to practice. Her current research, funded by National Institute of Health and Foundations, among others include: effect of connections between people, places, and risks on the interface of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, mobile technology systems for medication adherence, accessibility of healthcare in the US and India, and disproportionate effects of housing foreclosures on community health. Dr. Ghosh incorporates research into pedagogy by teaching seminars on ‘Health and Medical Geography’, ‘Spatial Analysis of Social Issues’, and a hands-on course on ‘GIS Applications in Health Research’.
Professor Cathrine Brun is a human geographer and Director of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Before she moved to CENDEP, she was professor in human geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research interests concern forced migration and conflict, housing and home; theory, ethics and practice of humanitarianism. Working closely with local and national organisations in Georgia, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Jordan and Lebanon, her approach to research is qualitative, ethnographic and using action research as a way of coproducing knowledge. Together with Dr Maha Shuayb at The Centre for Lebanese Studies in Beirut, she runs a research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) titled: “From education to employment? Trajectories of young people in Lebanon’s and Jordan’s refugee crisis”. Some recent publications include “Temporal injustice and reorientations in asylum reception centres in Norway: towards critical geographies of architecture in the institution” (Fennia); “Living with shifting borders: peripheralisation and the production of invisibility” (2017, Geopolitics); “Mobilising home for long term displacement: a reflection on the durable solutions” (with Anita H. Fábos, 2017, Journal of Human Rights Practice); “Homemaking in limbo? A conceptual framework” (with Anita H. Fàbos, Refuge, 2015) and “There is no Future in Humanitarianism” (History and Anthropology, 2015). Prof. Brun visited the department on the 22nd – 31/01/2020, and she delivered 2 research seminars under the themes “Research Collaborations with Non-governmental Organizations and Civil Society: The Spectacle Continues or a Potential for Decolonizing Research?