Vincent Kuuire

Vincent Kuuire
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 3:19pm

POSITION: Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream

ACADEMIC UNIT: Geography

PLACE OF BIRTH: Nandom, Ghana

JOINED UTM FACULTY: 2017

“I am interested in looking at immigration and psychosocial well-being in Canada.”

Health-care access grabbed Vincent Kuuire’s attention early in life because it was a problem in his native Ghana.  

“There was a structural adjustment program rolled out by the World Bank, and access to health care became challenging,” Kuuire says. “The government withdrew subsidies to all sectors including health and the consequences were felt most in rural areas and among the poor, in particular.”

Although he wanted to learn more about health-care access, it wasn’t until he met a graduate student from Canada doing research in Ghana that led Kuuire to his current career in health geography. “This young woman told me that the geography program at Western did that type of research, so I obtained my master’s degree there and remained to earn my PhD. Today, I research topics in global health and health-care access as well as immigration.”

Kuuire spent this past summer in Ghana researching the connections between neighbourhoods, health-care access and population health in Accra, the capital, and the city of Tamale. “I want to find out whether the neighbourhood environments have a connection with health outcomes for infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases. And I want to see if I can identify neighbourhood-specific patterns.”

Upcoming research will focus on Canada, particularly immigrants from Eritrea and Nigeria whose communities are among the fastest growing in Canada. “I am interested in looking at immigration and psychosocial well-being in Canada. I want to see if there’s a connection between participation in transnational activities and psychosocial wellbeing.”

He was happy to secure a position as a health geographer at UTM because, he notes, it was “a natural fit, since I did health research in urban settings.” Once settled on campus, he discovered benefits that include “synergies with others here that make it a really good fit for me to develop a strong research program.”

Kuuire brings his research into the classroom, using his studies as examples in courses such as the geography of diseases and death. “I enjoy teaching. Interaction with students is always fruitful and it’s good to know that what you’re producing can be understood by people without expertise.”

Selected Publications:

  • Kuuire, V.Z., Bisung, E., & Were, J.M. (2018). Examining the connection between residential histories and obesity among Ghanaians: evidence from a national survey. Journal of Public Health, DOI: 10.1007/s10389-018-0983-8 26.
  • Amegbor P.M., Kuuire, V.Z., & Rosenberg, M. (2018). Does place matter? A multilevel analysis of victimization and sense of safety among seniors in Canada. Health and Place, 53, 17 – 25.
  • Baiden, P., Kuuire, V.Z., Shrestha, N., Tonui, C.B., Dako-Gyeke, M., & Kersley P. (2018). Bullying victimization as a predictor of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt among and senior high school students in Ghana: Results from the 2012 Ghana Global School-Based Health Survey. Journal of School Violence, DOI: 10.1080/15388220.2018.1486200

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