Vincent O’Brien, PhD, Professor

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, now lives and works in Manchester. Formerly professor of International Health and Visual Ethnography at the University of Cumbria Vincent’s work as a visual ethnographer is internationally acclaimed. With more than 30 years experience in academia he has worked on numerous international projects with partners  in Austria, Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Slovenian and the USA. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous international roles include: Visiting Professorships at the Kazakh National Medical University; the State University of New York, the University of Ottawa and the  Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and  Academic Advisor to the Cluj School of Public Health, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania.

Vincent developed the practice of Collaborative Visual Ethnography, a unique and innovative process combining research, community engagement and public ethnography focusing on active engagement of people and communities in research and community development. Vincent is the founder of Visible Voice, and international network of researchers, practitioners and communities using visual methods to explore and respond to local health and social challenges.