As the director of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, I bring a wealth of experience from working in the United Kingdom (UK) and many other countries, including Sweden, Mexico and Kyrgyzstan.  My background is in urban geography, but I have been working in the area of health and health promotion for nearly 25 years, coming to it through the World Health Organization’s Healthy Cities Project. I am committed to participatory action research (PAR) based on an ecological world view and a principles driven approach to research and knowledge development. I work with international partners to coordinate both the International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) and the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).