Dr Emma Laurie

  • Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

email: Emma.Laurie@glasgow.ac.uk

Rm 511, East Quadrangle, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Main Building, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6208-2011

Research interests

‌I am interested in the politics of health and what this reveals about how life is valued, reflecting my wider interest in social justice, human rights, violence and security. My research is concerned with the politics of health, especially in low-income settings, framed by a human rights perspective, driving forward more capacious understandings of violence.


  • Violence and Peace 
  • Embodied Politics of Health 
  • Experiences of Health Care Providers in Low-Income Countries
  • Health System Strengthening 
  • Health Inequalities
  • Health and Human Rights 
  • Valuation of Life
  • Contemporary Development Policies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Securitisation of Aid 
  • Feminist Methodologies 
  • Politics of Research 

Doctoral Thesis The Embodied Politics of Health in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2014)

My research explored the embodied politics of health, with an emprical focus in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Utilising malaria as the disease specific entry point, the thesis aimed to diclose the ways in which health is mediated by (biological) events within the body as well as (political, social, economic) events outside of the body, exploring the dialogue that takes place across the fleshy barrier of the body.  In doing so, I interogated the injustice and revealed the structural violence anonymously enacted through systems, but personally embodied by certain individuals. 

I sit on the Glasgow Human Rights Network Steering Committee, and a member of the Glasgow Centre for International Development.


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Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

Supporting the Natioanl Action Plan on Anti-Microbial Resistance in Tanzania (SNAP-AMR) Consortium
Medical Research Council 

Supporting the National Action Plan on AMR in Tanzania (SNAP-AMR)
Medical Research Council 
2017 - 2018

NIHR Global Health Group (Arthritis) Global Health Research Group on estimating the prevelance, quality of life, economic and societal impact of arthirtis in Tanzania: A mixed method study at University of Glasgow
National Institute of Health Research/Global Challenges


I am involved in interdisciplinary projects on zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance in Tanzania, and am keen to develop interdisciplinary PhD projects in these areas.

PhD Supervision:

Jennika Virhia (2015-Present) - Exploring animal and human health seeking pathways in agropastoral communities in Northern Tanzania

MRes Supervision:

Rita Manchini (2018) Place-making process in the diasporic network: a Sherpa garden in Scotland

  • Gillespie, Kerry
    Changing faces
  • Kane, Megan
    'Mattering violence: Rethinking the everyday politics of food banking'
  • Moyo, Dumisani Zondiwe
    Materialising Knowledges: Interrogating Individuality and Big Data through the ‘Decolonial Turn’
  • Printy Currie, Nicole
    Geographies of Life and Belonging in Palestine: the Practices of Retrieving the Incarcerated Dead



I also teach throughout the Geography Degree Program, including in:

  • Geography Summer School Co-Convenor
  • Geography-1 'A World of Development'
  • Geography-2 'Environmental Geography - Environmental Security' 
  • Geography-3 'Advanced Research Techniques' and Residential Fieldclass Supervisor
  • Geography-3/4 Geographies of Development Honours Option - 20 credits
  • Geography-4 Dissertation Supervisor and Seminar Faciliator
  • MRes in Human Geography   

Geographies of Development Honours Options - 20 credits

This course seeks to critically explore key issues surrounding International Development.  It will situate contemprory practices within historical context, exploring the work of Walter Rodney and confronting issues of Colonialism and slavery.  Contemprory elements of the the development agenda will also be explored including issues such as the neoliberalisation and securitisation of aid.  Students will aslo be introduced to some of the challenges made towards development from anti-development theory, as well as postcolonial theories and critiques. The course will also critically reflect on students own (potential) roles within the field fo development, as volunteer tourists, consumers of charitable goods and initiatives.  In doing so, the course aims to promote critical engagement with contemporary global issues and who the 'West' operates in relation to the 'Rest' 

I also have responsibilities for:

  • Course convenor Geography-4
  • Undergraduate dissertation ethics applications
  • Sit on the GES Learning and Teaching Committee