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Dr Geordan Shannon
Institute for Global Health
30 Guilford Street
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  • Lecturer in Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am an Australian doctor and public health academic, currently based at the Institute of Global Health, University College London (UCL), where I am a Lecturer in Global Health. I spend time thinking critically about gender, health systems, and transformative, trans-disciplinary and transnational approaches to global health, with a strong focus on systems thinking, human-centred design, and participatory research.

As a medic I have worked in various settings, including remote indigenous Australia, post-Tsunami Sri Lanka, the Peruvian Amazon, and rural Kenya. I have overseen community-led research and interventions for cervical cancer, violence, and non-communicable disease prevention in Australia, Kenya, Peru, Sierra Leone and South Africa. My contribution to Global Health was recently recognised by the Young Australian of the Year in the UK Award (2018). 

My current research initiative, Stema (www.stema.org), focuses on better articulating informal systems of community health and wellbeing, and, through these insights, is developing a framework and tool(s) that enable communities to best mobilise local resources, transform existing resources, and/or adapt external resources to improve their health and wellbeing. We take a systems and design thinking approach to address broader (eco)systems failures in achieving human health and wellbeing in low resource settings worldwide. Through a deep understanding of local contexts and insights into informal community systems that operate to support and promote human health, we are able to better understand how communities use local resources, and how orchestration of community resources can help health interventions be more effective and more sustainable. This radically transforms both how we think about health challenges and how we approach solving those challenges.

Through my work, I have participated in a number of high-impact international initiatives such as the Lancet theme issue on Women in Science, Medicine, and Global health, the All Stars in Global Health panel with Grand Challenges Canada, the Wellcome Trust Culture and Cause initiative, and the Hamwe Festival in Rwanda. I have also developed a portfolio of experience in international health policy, having collaborated with the World Health Organisation and the Global Health 5050 Initiative. These opportunities have allowed me to translate academic insights to effect high-level change alongside colleagues and stakeholders internationally.

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