Joseph Kangmennaang

• Assistant Professor
McEniry 312
Community Wellbeing, Health Inequalities, Environment and Health

I am a health geographer whose primary area of research focuses on relationships between environment and wellbeing, broadly defined. I am specifically interested in wellbeing of places and (re)emerging health challenges including the rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and food insecurity. While most of my research is situated in a global context, my regional specialization is in the sub-Saharan Africa where I explore perceptions and understandings of wellbeing as well as the links between contextual attributes of places, NCDs prevalence and screening as well as food insecurity. At UNCC I plan to apply some of the methods and tools to explore and understand immigrants wellbeing and integration challenges; especially how transnational engagements may impact immigrants wellbeing and integration.  


PhD (2019) Geography, The University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
MA (2015) Geography, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

Teaching and Research interests

- Wellbeing of places
- Non-Communicable Disease control and prevention
- Health inequalities
- Immigrant health and wellbeing
- Environmental health in sub-Saharan Africa
- Population analysis
- Global health

Teaching 2019/20 Academic Year

GEOG 3260 "Medical Geography" 
LBST 2102 "Global connections" 

Recent Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Kangmennaang, J.,Smale, B., & Elliott, S.J.(Forth coming).  ‘Imagining that your neighbour’s cooking pot is better than your mother’s pot can make you unhappy’: links between inequality and wellbeing in Ghana. Social science and Medicine.

Kangmennaang, J., & Elliott, S. J. (2019). ‘Wellbeing is shown in our appearance, the food we eat, what we wear, and what we buy’: Embodying wellbeing in Ghana. Health & place, 55, 177-187.

Kangmennaang, J., & Elliott, S. J. (2018). Towards an integrated framework for understanding the links between inequalities and wellbeing of places in low and middle income countries. Social Science & Medicine, 213, 45-53. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.002

Kerr, R. B., Kangmennaang, J., Dakishoni, L., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Lupafya, E., Shumba, L., ... & Maona, E. (2019). Participatory agroecological research on climate change adaptation improves smallholder farmer household food security and dietary diversity in Malawi. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 279, 109-121.

Kangmennaang, J., Kerr, R. B., Lupafya, E., Dakishoni, L., Katundu, M., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Impact of a participatory agroecological development project on household wealth and food security in Malawi. Food Security

Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Kangmennaang, J., Bezner Kerr, R., Luginaah, I., Dakishoni, L., Lupafya, E., . . . Katundu, M. (2017). Agroecology and healthy food systems in semi-humid tropical Africa: Participatory research with vulnerable farming households in Malawi. Acta Tropica, 175, 42-49. doi:

Kangmennaang, J., Onyango, E. O., Luginaah, I., & Elliott, S. J. (2018). The next Sub Saharan African epidemic? A case study of the determinants of cervical cancer knowledge and screening in Kenya. Social Science & Medicine, 197, 203-212. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.12.013

Kangmennaang, J., Thogarapalli, N., Mkandawire, P., & Luginaah, I. (2015). Investigating the disparities in cervical cancer screening among Namibian women. Gynecol Oncol, 138(2), 411-416. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2015.05.036

Kangmennaang, J., Halwiindi, H., Grigsby-Toussaint, D., & Moise.I.(2019). Trends in obesity and overweight among Zambian women of reproductive age, 2002-2014. Women Health

Chapters in Books

Opiyo, E & Kangmennaang, J., (Forthcoming). The wellbeing agenda into the 21st Century. International Encyclopedia of human Geography.

Elliott, S. J.  & Kangmennaang, J., (Forthcoming). Global Index of Wellbeing. In Searle B (Ed.) A Modern Guide to Wellbeing Research. Edward Elgar Publishers

Contact Me

312 McEniry