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Research interests

My research interests focus around social and cultural geographies of sex and sexualities; public sector LGBT equalities work; LGBT communities beyond the urban; and associated spatial inclusions/exclusions at a variety of scales. I’m interested in LGBTQ lives and politics in areas outside of cities, in new ways of understanding queerness, and in how to move past discourses of gay assimilation vs queer transgression. Uniting these interests, in 2014 I completed my PhD thesis on partnerships between public services and LGBT communities to improve LGBT equalities in rural/non-urban areas surrounding Brighton.

After completing my doctorate I have worked on a variety of international and transnational projects with and for LGBTQ people. These have involved both policy- and legislative-led change, and trying to understand the specific barriers and inequalities faced by sexual and gender minorities. A common theme of these projects, as with others, is how to improve LGBTQ lives through partnership working.

More recently I have begun to work on the complexities of the Bear community of big and hairy queer men. In a society which valorises thin and abhors fat, I ask what happens when a space is created by and for fat queer men; for ‘masculine’ queer men; for older queer men; and how are such spaces permeated and affected by wider embodied power relations.

Approach to teaching

I try to bring high energy and enthusiasm to all of my lectures, using plenty of visual and audio material. For students, I like to set a couple of important but accessible key readings for lectures – readings which are particularly famous or influential, which outline key arguments, or which review the overall literature. Usually these are academic readings, but sometimes writing or a video from activists, community groups or the media is a good way to get stuck into a topic.

At times, I teach classes which deal with troubling or potentially upsetting issues, such as the interplay between geographies of sexuality, violence, terrorism and geopolitics, which can involve graphic imagery. While it’s important for geographers to engage with such issues, I always alert students to this material in advance so they can make their own decisions about how to do so.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Bachelor, University of St Andrews

External positions


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Research Output 2013 2018

A review of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) health and healthcare inequalities. European Journal of Public Health.

Zeeman, L., Sherriff, N., Browne, K., McGlynn, N., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Davis, R., Sanchez-Lambert, J., Aujean, S., Pinto, N., Farinella, F. & Donisi, V., 31 Oct 2018, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Healthcare Disparities
Public Health
Sexual Minorities

LGBTI people and health inequalities

Hernández Festersen, C., Costongs, C., Sherriff, N., Zeeman, L., Amaddeo, F., Aujean, S., Donisi, V., Davis, R., Farinella, F., Gios, L., McGlynn, N., Mirandola, M., Pinto, N., Rosińska, M. & Zakrzewska, K., 1 Oct 2018, In : Eurohealth: Quarterly of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. 24, 3, p. 41-44 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access
EU member state
social inequality
European Commission
health professionals
European Union
Health Surveys

D6.2: A final proposal for a European community health worker survey (ECHOES)

Sherriff, N., McGlynn, N. & Llewellyn, C., 31 Jul 2017, 70 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

Open Access
European Union
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Reproductive Health
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Sexual Minorities

Focus groups studies with LGBTI people and health professionals: Final overview report on the outcomes of the focus groups

McGlynn, N., Browne, K., Pollard, A., Sherriff, N., Zeeman, L., Aujean, S., Pinto, N., Davis, R., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Amaddeo, F., Donisi, V., Pierson, A., Rosinska, M. & Niedźwiedzka-Stadnik, M., 1 Jun 2017, 84 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

Open Access
Focus Groups
Delivery of Health Care
Sexual Minorities