Key Research Interests

My research investigates access to safe drinking water and the health impact of domestic work in developing countries. I have completed systematic reviews on the use of outcome measures for people with musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Grants/Funding: Recent Research Projects

Title: ‘Public Health and Social Benefits of At-house Water Supplies’

Short description: This research project aims to test the hypothesis that increased access to an at-house water supply will deliver significantly greater health, social and economic benefits than those derived from a shared public water supply.

Principle investigators: Barbara Evans (Leeds University), Professor Paul Hunter (UEA), Professor Jamie Bartram (University of North Carolina).

Funding Body: The Department for International Development

Role: Leading on the investigation of physical health impact of accessing drinking water from publically shared taps outside of the home, in comparison to at-house water supply.

Start date January 2012 End date March 2013


Title: ‘A toolkit to measure sociological, economic, technical and health, impacts and benefits of 10 years of water supply and sanitation interventions in South Africa’

Short description: Continuing work from an earlier WHO project to develop a country specific toolkit in the form of a manual information system for South African Water Services deliverers. The study involved mixed methods research utilising both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Principle investigator: Professor Paul Jagals (Tshwane University of Technology)

Funding Body: Water Research Commission / Tshwane University of Technology

Role: International collaborator and active team member participating in the development of methods to measure the health impacts of carrying water for domestic purposes.

Start date March 2008 End date August 2010


Title: ‘Linking Disability to Rehabilitation: an integrated community development approach in Kilifi, Kenya.’ 

Short description: The study employed a Participatory Action Research Methodology using situation analysis and in-depth mixed methods studies to collect and make available information on the existing activities and services for people with disability in Kilifi District Kenya. The study included a mixed methods investigation into the health effects of the demands of providing care, on the carers of children with disability due to moderate or severe motor impairment.  

Funding Body: The C.P. Charitable Trust, U.K.

Principle investigator: Professor Sally Hartley (RSC UEA)

Role: Co-investigator: study design, supervision, training of Kenyan physiotherapists in standardised physiotherapy assessment and data collection, data analysis and writing up

Start date January 2008 End date June 2010



Geere J, Geere J L, Hunter, P. (2012) Study Design, Instrument and Population Influence Reliability in Two Back Pain Disability Questionnaires: A Meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

Smith TO, Daniell HRW, Geere J, Toms AP, Hing CB. (2012) ‘The diagnostic accuracy of MRI for the detection of partial- and full-thickness rotator cuff tears in adults.’ Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Geere JL, Gona J,  Omondi FO,  KifaluMK,  Newton C,  Hartley S. (2012)

‘Caring for children with physical disability in Kenya. Potential links between care-giving and carers' physical health.’ Child: Care, Health and Development,

Harrison, D., Vitkovitch, J. & Geere, J. 2012. The HPC audit: A personal

perspective. In: Hong, C. S. & Harrison, D. (Eds.) Tools For Continuing Professional

Development. 2nd Ed. London: Quay Books.

Geere J, Mokoena M, Jagals P, Poland F, Hartley S. (2010) ‘How do children perceive health to be affected by domestic water carrying? Qualitative findings from a mixed methods study in rural South Africa’ Child: Care, Health and Development. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01098.x

Geere J, Hunter P, Jagals P (2010) ‘Domestic water carrying and its implications for health in Limpopo Province, South Africa: a mixed methods pilot study’ BMC Environmental Health, 9:52

Geere J, Mokoena MM and Jagals P Report 6 (Submitted March 31, 2010): ‘The potential effect of domestic water carry.’ in “The impacts of rural small-community water supply interventions in rural South Africa” Report K5/1700 to the South African Water Research Commission).

Geere J, Chester R, Kale S, Jerosch-Herold C. (2007) Power grip, pinch grip, manual

muscle testing or thenar atrophy - which should be assessed as a motor

outcome after carpal tunnel decompression? A systematic review. BMC Musculoskeletal

Disorders  8(1):114. (Highly accessed)



UEA Research Enterprise and Engagement Business fellowship 2010: Amount awarded £10,000.


Research Group Membership

Professor Paul Hunter (UEA), Batsirai Majuru (UEA), Dr Stanley Mukhola (TUT), Mike Mokoena (TUT).

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