Jo-Anne Geere


Roles at UEA and Tyndall

I am Director of the Water Security Research Centre, co-lead of the Tackling Poverty Through Action on Climate Change Pillar of ClimateUEA, a member of the Building Up Resilience Tyndall research theme group, and a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norfolk U.K.


Research Interests

Since joining UEA in 2004 I have been involved in mixed methods research projects investigating how health is associated with domestic and informal work, particularly in low income regions of sub-Saharan Africa. My current research focusses on water security, the health and social impacts of fetching water, and how improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can increase community resilience to climate change. I am interested in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and disability, and how to improve health, well-being, resilience and WaSH services for vulnerable people, particularly those living with long term health conditions or disability. My research is informed by my specialist clinical background in the management of people with musculoskeletal disorders and disability. I am passionate about making a difference in the world, through research and teaching which challenges, informs and inspires people to address global challenges, and has real world impact.


Background Academic and Professional Qualifications and Memberships

2012 – 2019PhD ‘Drawers of water for life, but not for health. How water carriage is associated with the health of water carriers.’ UEA
2009MSc. Health Sciences UEA
1994Post Graduate Diploma (Manipulative Therapy) Curtin University, Western Australia
1987Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University, Western Australia
1987-2001Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association
1998 – presentMember of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, U.K.
1998 – presentRegistered with the Health Professions Council, U.K.


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Empinotti, V.L., Budds, J., Jepson, W., Millington, N., Ferrara, L.N, Geere, J., Grandisoli, E., da Paz, M.G.A., Puga, B.P., Alves, E.M., Cawood, S., Jacobi, P.R., Kinjo, V.U., Lampis, A., Moretti, R., Octavianti, T., Periotto, N. Quinn, R., Quintslr, S., Sulaiman, S., Vicente, P.A., Wahby, N. (2021). Advancing urban water security: the urbanization of water-society relations and entry-points for political engagement. Water International. (in press)

Howard G, Bartam J, Williams A, Overbo A, Fuente D, Geere JA. Domestic water quantity, service level and health, second edition. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Venkataramanan V, Geere JL, Thomae B et al., 2020 Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Coordination Network (HWISE RCN), et alIn pursuit of ‘safe’ water: the burden of personal injury from water fetching in 21 low-income and middle-income countries BMJ Global Health;5:e003328.

C. Staddon , M. Everard , J. Mytton , T. Octavianti , W. Powell , N. Quinn , S. M. N. Uddin , S. L. Young , J. D. Miller , J. Budds , J. Geere , K. Meehan , K. Charles , E. G. J. Stevenson , J. Vonk & J. Mizniak (2020): ‘Water insecurity compounds the global coronavirus crisis.’ Water International, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2020.1769345

Geere, J.L. and Hunter, P.R. 2020. ‘The impacts of water carriage and sanitation provision on maternal and child health. A combined analysis of 49 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys from 41 countries.’  International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 223 (1), 238-247

Geere, J.L. 2019. WaSH Policy Research Digest Issue #12 ‘Literature Review: Water carriage and water carriers’ health’. The Water Institute at UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Geere, J.L., Cortobius, M., Geere, J.H., Hammer, C., and Hunter, P.R. 2018. ‘Is water carriage associated with the water carrier’s health?  A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence.’ BMJ Global Health. 3:e000764. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000764

Geere, J., Bartram, J., Bates, L., Danquah, L., Evans, B., Fisher, M. B., Groce, N., Majuru, B., Mokoena, M. M., Mukhola, M. S., Nguyen-Viet, H., Pham Duc, P., Rhoderick William, A., Schmidt, W.-P. & Hunter, P. R. 2018. ‘Carrying water may be a major contributor to disability from musculoskeletal disorders in low income countries: a cross-sectional survey in South Africa, Ghana and Vietnam.’ Journal of Global Health, 8 (1), 1-14. doi: 10.7189/jogh.08.010406

Geere, J.-A. & Cortobius, M. 2017. ‘Who carries the weight of water? Fetching water in rural and urban areas and the implications for water security.’ Water Alternatives, 10, 513-540.

Wrisdale, L., Mokoena, M. M., Mudau, L. S. & Geere, J. 2017. ‘Factors that impact on access to water and sanitation for older adults and people with disability in rural South Africa: An occupational justice perspective’. Journal of Occupational Science, 24, 259-279.

Wutich, A., Budds, J., Eichelberger, L., Geere, J., Harris, L. M., Horney, J. A., Jepson, W., Norman, E., O’reilly, K., Pearson, A. L., Shah, S. H., Shinn, J., Simpson, K., Staddon, C., Stoler, J., Teodoro, M. P. & Young, S. L. 2017. ‘Advancing methods for research on household water insecurity: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance.’ Water Security, 2, 1-10.

Bunning, K., Gona, J. K., Odera-Mung’ala, V., Newton, C. R., Geere, J., Hong, C. S. & Hartley, S. 2014. ‘Survey of rehabilitation support for children 0-15 years in a rural part of Kenya.’ Disability and Rehabilitation, 36, 1033-1041.

Hoy, D., Geere, J., Davatchi, F., Meggitt, B. & Barrero, L. H. 2014. ‘A time for action: Opportunities for preventing the growing burden and disability from musculoskeletal conditions in low- and middle-income countries.’ Best Practice & Research in Clinical Rheumatology 28, 377-393. [5 year Impact Factor 4.095]

Gona, J. K., Newton, C. R., Geere, J. & Hartley, S. 2013. ‘Users’ experiences of physiotherapy treatment in a semi-urban public hospital in Kenya.’ Rural and Remote Health, 13: 2210 (Online)

Geere, J. L., Gona, J., Omondi, F. O., Kifalu, M., Newton, C. R. & Hartley, S. 2012. ‘Caring for children with physical disability in Kenya: potential links between caregiving and carers’ physical health.’ Child: Care, Health and Development, 39, 381-392.

Geere, J. A., Hunter, P. R. & Jagals, P. 2010. ‘Domestic water carrying and its implications for health: a review and mixed methods pilot study in Limpopo Province, South Africa.’ BMC Environmental Health: 9, 52.

Geere, J. L., Mokoena, M. M., Jagals, P., Poland, F. & Hartley, S. 2010. ‘How do children perceive health to be affected by domestic water carrying? Qualitative findings from a mixed methods study in rural South Africa.’ Child: care, health and development, 36, 818-826.

Project reports and book chapters

Geere, J., Mudau, S. L. & Mokoena, M. M. 2016. ‘Public Health and Social Benefits of At-house Water Supplies.’ Stakeholder feedback and workshop, South Africa, March 2016. University of East Anglia, Tshwane University of Technology.

Geere, J. 2015. ‘Health impacts of water carriage.’ In: Bartram, J., Baum, R., Coclanis, P. A., Gute, D. M., Kay, D., Mcfayden, S., Pond, K., Robertson, W. & Rouse, M. J. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Water and Health. London and New York: Routledge.

Evans, B., Bartram, J., Hunter, P. R., Rhoderick Williams, A., Geere, J., Majuru, B., Bates, L., Fisher, M., Overbo, A. & Schmidt, W.-P. 2013. ‘Public Health and Social Benefits of at-house Water Supplies.’ University of Leeds.


Venkataramanan, Vidya; Geere, Jo-Anne; Thomae, Benjamin; Stoler, Justin; Hunter, Paul; Young, Sera; RCN), Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Coordination Network (HWISE

In pursuit of textquoteleftsafetextquoteright water: the burden of personal injury from water fetching in 21 low-income and middle income countries Journal Article

In: BMJ Global Health, 5 (10), 2020, ISSN: 2059-7908.

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Howard, Guy; Bartram, Jamie; Williams, Ashley; Overbo, Alycia; Fuente, David; Geere, Jo-Anne

Domestic water quantity, service level and health, second edition. Conference



Staddon, Chad; Everard, M; Mytton, Julie; Octavianti, T; Powell, W; Quinn, N; Uddin, S M N; Young, S L; Miller, J D; Budds, J; Geere, Jo-Anne; Meehan, Katie; Charles, K; Stevenson, E V J; Vonk, J; Mizniak, J

Water insecurity compounds the global coronavirus crisis Journal Article

In: Water International, 45 (5), pp. 416–422, 2020, ISSN: 0250-8060, (Correction at 10.1080/02508060.2020.1769345).

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Geere, Jo-Anne; Hunter, Paul

The association of water carriage, water supply and sanitation usage with maternal and child health. A combined analysis of 49 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys from 41 countries Journal Article

In: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 223 (1), pp. 238–247, 2020, ISSN: 1618-131X.

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Jo-Anne Geere

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Phone: +44 0 1603 591011

Postal Address:
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Norwich Research Park, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Twitter: @GeereJo