London Met expert teaches at UN seminar

A London Metropolitan University lecturer recently delivered a guest lecture in Iceland as part of a global programme.

Date: 10 April 2017

A London Metropolitan University lecturer taught on the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) on 7 April.

UNU-GEST is a programme which runs annually from January to May. Run by the University of Iceland, the programme invites fellows from all areas of the globe to attend. The programme is run by the United Nations University, a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation.

Natasha Choudary, senior lecturer in BSc Health and Social Care, was asked to deliver the guest lecture after being recommended by a colleague due to her experience of using to participatory research to underpin health promotion interventions across East London.

“This was my second time teaching at the UNU-GEST programme and it has been a great honour to be involved in such an important programme,” said Natasha.

“Teaching a group of fellows who are from numerous developing countries and conflict/post-conflict societies, provides the opportunity to bring together a wealth of knowledge into one space providing a unique opportunity for sharing experience, learning and best practice for the fellows and myself, alike.”

Natasha delivered two topics; one discussing transformative health promotion interventions and how to ensure health interventions and policies are not perpetuating gender inequalities.

The second talk covered the importance of the use of participatory research methods to underpin health promotion interventions as a means of addressing gender-based power inequities.

Natasha’s talk relates to recent research she has undertaken, evaluating a coproduction health network, which is due to be published in September 2017, and her doctoral research which addresses the challenges facing voluntary sector organisations in delivering sustainable health programmes amidst challenging social, political and economic contexts which is awaiting publication.

Natasha also teaches on BSc Community Development and Leadership.