Dr Cornelia Guell is a medical anthropologist researching healthy living practices and policies.
Conny’s work focuses on how healthy living is shaped across the lifecycle, within population groups, and in various socio-cultural, political and economic contexts. Her work is based in the UK, the Caribbean region and elsewhere.
Conny is particularly interested in developing social theoretical and qualitative methodological approaches for exploring the social and physical environments that shape health behaviours, policies and intervention outcomes.
She is working with historians, urban planners, policymakers and civil society to investigate the history of Caribbean foodscapes to explore the ways cities impact on their populations’ food practices and opportunities and subsequent health outcomes.
Conny is also co-investigator on a project to investigate local experiences of global food systems and develop interventions for community food production in the Caribbean and South Pacific.
Her other research focus is on active living and physical activity practices. She is principal investigator of the Active Travel Synthesis study, developing a sociological approach to behaviour change through synthesising existing qualitative UK datasets using meta-ethnography and machine learning approaches.
Conny is also co-investigator on an NIHR-funded project that aims to test the feasibility of evaluating an asset-based approach to walking groups (led by the University of East Anglia).