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Scholarly biography

I'm a geographer of sexuality, especially interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) spaces. My teaching and research focuses on two main areas:

  • LGBTQ equality issues and policies from a geographic perspective (locally, nationally, and transnationally);
  • The spaces made and used by LGBTQ communities such as neighbourhoods, bars, and social groups;
  • Issues of body image, shape and size amongst GBQ men, especially in the Bear subculture.
I'm not just based in my office at the university - most of my research has been done in partnership with LGBTQ community groups, charities, and activists from around the world. Through my teaching and research, I want to show and explore how we can use geography to improve LGBTQ lives.

Approach to teaching

I really enjoy teaching, especially on my specialist areas of gender and sexuality! So I bring high energy and enthusiasm to all of my lectures, using plenty of videos, group discussions, class polls, and sometimes a bit of quick research right there in the classroom. Learning isn't about just sitting and listening, it's about actually doing stuff!

To help students learn outside the classroom, I like to set a couple of important but accessible key readings – books which are particularly famous or influential, which outline key arguments, or which give a good summary of a topic. Usually these are academic readings, but sometimes writing or a video from activists and community groups is the best way to get stuck into a topic, and see why it really matters.

Supervisory Interests

I'm interested in supervising postgrad projects in (but not limited to) the following areas: sexual politics outside the metropolis; social and cultural geographies of fat men; Participatory Action Research with LGBTQ communities; and Bear subcultures and spaces.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 24 Jul 2015

Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 24 Jul 2009

Bachelor, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 16 Jul 2004

External positions

Secretary, Royal Geographical Society - Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group

1 Aug 2017 → …

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Research Output

More than Happiness: Aliveness and Struggle in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Lives

McGlynn, N., Browne, K., Banerjea, N., Bakshi, L., Beethi, S., Biswas, R. & Banerjee, R., 3 Jan 2020, In : Sexualities. 23, 7, p. 1113-1134 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Non-clinical sexual health support for HIV, viral hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted infections in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men: Protocol for a European Community Health Worker Online Survey (ECHOES)

    Sherriff, N., Huber, J., McGlynn, N., Llewellyn, C., Pollard, A., Lorente, N., Folch, C., Cawley, C., Panochenko, O., Krone, M., Dutarte, M. & Casabona, J., 18 Feb 2020, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 9, 2, e15012.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Sexual(ities that) progress: Introduction

    Browne, K., Lim, J., Hall, J. & McGlynn, N., 31 Aug 2020, In : Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Co-producing knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) healthcare inequalities via rapid-reviews of grey literature in 27 EU Member States

    Sherriff, N., Zeeman, L., McGlynn, N., Pinto, N., Hugendubel, K., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Davies, R., Donisi, V., Farinella, F., Amaddeo, F., Costongs, C. & Browne, K., 22 Jun 2019, In : Health Expectations. 22, 4, p. 688-700 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Healthcare professionals’ assumptions as barriers to LGBTI healthcare

    McGlynn, N., Browne, K., Sherriff, N., Zeeman, L., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Davis, R., Donisi, V., Farinella, F., Rosińska, M., Niedźwiedzka-Stadnik, M., Pierson, A., Pinto, N. & Hugendubel, K., 20 Aug 2019, In : Culture Health & Sexuality. 22, 8

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access