Prof Kenny Lynch PhD FRGS FHEA NTFS

Professor of Development and Communities, 

United Kingdom

PhDs supervised to completion

Research Focus

My research interests focus on tackling global development challenges that particularly focus on the relationship between the city and countryside. Most of my research experience has been in Sub-Saharan Africa (Tanzania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone), and mostly focused on food systems (particularly production, distribution, urban and periurban agriculture). However, recently I have been involved in researching water and sanitation issues in South Africa, Egypt and India. I have also maintained a strand of research that has focused on enhancing teaching and learning in universities, most recently examining the need to build capacity for data science skills amongst social sciences graduates in global development sector.

Research Groups

  • Social Vulnerabilities


  • Rurality as a vehicle for Urban Sanitation Transformation (RUST) funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the India Council for Social Science Research
  • Development Counts - Data Skills for International Development Careers funded by EU's Erasmus+


  • Professor of Development and Communities

Global goals

Target 4.7
Target 6.2
Target 6.A
Target 6.B

Professional Organisations

  • Royal Geographical Society, Advance HE


  • United Kingdom