Conan Leavey

Conan Leavey

Senior Lecturer in Public Health


Conan Leavey is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Deputy Chair of the Faculty Research Degrees Committee.  The focus of his work is on developing resources for postgraduate students and teaching on BSc Environmental Health and MSc Public Health programmes.  Specialist teaching areas include qualitative research methods, cross-cultural approaches to health and the sociology of the body.  His current research projects involve performers in the UK adult film industry and practitioners of mixed martial arts.

Conan supervises a number of PhD students whose topics include traditional medicine in Saudi Arabia, UK Muslim’s women’s experience of maternity services, home brewing in rural Kenya, and Sexual Entertainment Venues in the UK.  Many of his students use qualitative and participatory methods.   He is a former Associate of the University of Zambia and has worked as a European Union Technical Advisor to the Syrian Ministry of Health.

Research Interest

body image, body size, cultural broker, obesity, Somali diet, Somali women.

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