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Prof Kenny Lynch

Professor of Development and Community

My teaching encourages students to use film, music, advertising, museum artefacts and fiction to investigate the post-colonial world.


I am a lecturer in International Relations and Human Geography with special teaching and research interests in the links between the cities and the countryside in developing world countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.

Kenny’s research focuses on the relationship between the city and countryside in the developing world where rapidly growing cities interrupt and mix identities, livelihoods, practices and attitudes. His work has focused on urban and peri-urban agriculture, zoonotic disease transmission in rapidly growing cities and sanitation. Kenny has also collaborated with sociologists, criminologists, agricultural economists and clinicians in his work, publishing on housing, restorative justice and markets in the UK. As a National Teaching Fellow, Kenny supports colleagues across the university and beyond in their research development, enhancing writing, promoting research on teaching & learning and organising events, conferences and training.


  • MA (Hons): Geography, University of Aberdeen, 1987
  • PhD: Geography, University of Glasgow, 1992
  • PG Cert., Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University, 1999


University of Gloucestershire Staff Excellence Award co-winner (2012).Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) 2006 Outstanding Poster Award.Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship (2004).Journal of Geography in Higher Education Award for Promotion of Excellence co-winner (2001).

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Scoiety with the Institute of British Geography.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching & Research


Living in a globalised world

Threats to civilisation

Conflict and development

Global futures

The postcolonial world


Rurality as a vehicle for Urban Sanitation Transformation (RUST): This project aims to examine the way identities inform knowledge attitudes and practices about waste water and sanitation in and around Hyderabad, India. The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Indian Social Sciences Research Council. It involves collaboration with Cranfield and Bangor Universities in the UK and the University of Hyderabad and the Greater Hyderabad Metropolitan Authority in India. Kenny is responsible for a large survey of residents’ knowledge, attitudes and practices on sanitation.


More publications from Prof Kenny Lynch can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Peer reviewer for numerous geography, development and learning & teaching journals.

Member of the comittee for the Higher Education Research Group of the RGS (with the IBG).

Subject for media interview


Aspects of global poverty

Conflict & develoment

Teaching and learning in universities

Sierra Leone


Professional positions

Editorial Board member for GEOVerse (undergraduate Geography journal)

Editor of Geography, the international scholarly journal of the Geographical Association (2001-7).

External examining

Masters in Creative Technology, De Montfort University (2011-15). Geography and related undergraduate courses at University of the West of England (2001-2005), University of Chester (2009-12). PhD examiner for University of Sussex , Kingston University, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, the University of New South Wales.