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Professor Clare Herrick
Dr Clare Herrick

Professor Clare Herrick

  • Academics
  • Supervisors

Head, School of Global Affairs

Professor of Geography and Global Health.

Research subject areas

  • Geography

Contact details


Dr Clare Herrick is a Professor of Geography and Global Health in the Department of Geography. Having studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and University College London (UCL), she began working at King’s in 2007.

In broad terms, her research and writing explore the intersections of (global) public health, behavioural risk and urban policy. More specifically, she has conducted research on the ways in which obesity has been imagined and managed as a problem in Austin, Texas. She led on a large interdisciplinary project exploring the relationships between alcohol, poverty and development in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as follow-on research critically evaluating the consequences of Botswana’s alcohol levy.

Recent research includes an examination of volunteer experiences and the politics of global health partnerships during the West African Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Her latest research project concerns the historical genesis of the non-communicable disease (NCD) 'crisis' and the politics of advocacy in global health.


  • Health geography
  • Critical global health
  • Urban health
  • Risk behaviours 
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Health and development
  • Political economy of health and wellness

Clare's research examines the relationships between health, urban environments, human behaviours and political contexts. She has undertaken research in a number of countries across global North and South. Her work is interdisciplinary, spanning geography, sociology, anthropology and public health.



  • 4SSG1008 Geography Tutorials: Critical Thinking and Techniques
  • 4SSG1016 Geography In Action
  • 5SSG20161 Research Skills
  • 5SSG2063 Research Tutorials
  • 6SSG3069 Health, Lifestyles and Cities
  • 6SSG0610 Independent Geographical Study


  • 7SSG5152 Health, Lifestyles and Citie 

PhD supervision

Clare welcomes applications from prospective PhD applicants on the following topics: 

  • any qualitative of mixed methods research on health in geography
  • medical sociology/ anthropology topics
  • global health
  • health inequalities
  • urban health
  • political ecological approaches to health

Further details

See Clare's research profile