Jo Vearey

Assoc Prof Jo Vearey

Associate Professor
Institution: African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand
Current Insitution Location: South Africa

Phone Number: 27117174033
Website: Go to website

PO Box 76, Wits, 2050

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I currently hold a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and coordinate the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. My engagement with migration and health included my doctoral research (completed in 2010) that explored local level responses to migration, informal settlements, and HIV in Johannesburg. My research involves mixed methodologies, including policy analysis; cross-sectional household surveys; interviews; focus group discussions; participatory photography projects; and, participant observation in policy processes. With an explicit focus on generating research to inform improved responses to migration and health – particularly for marginalized population groups, including sex workers, migrants and residents of informal settlements – I am committed to developing ways to ensure that the voice of those affected is heard by policymakers and programme implementers. I have a strong interest in research ethics and the ways in which research responds to the needs of society, and how research is translated and taken-up into practice. Linked to this, I have coordinated and hosted policy dialogues in partnership with state and civil society structures to explore issues of migration and health, including the sharing of research findings and collective development of future research agendas – at both national and city-levels. The research I have carried out over the last five years includes: an assessment of local-level responses to migration and HIV; exploration of the linkages between migration, food security and HIV; mapping and assessments of regional and national responses to migration and health; participatory photography work with migrant sex workers; analysis of policy processes relating to migration and health at an international, regional and national level; investigating urban inequality, the social determinants of health and migration; and, responses to HIV and migration in post-conflict situations in Africa.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Migrant Workers (Adolescents, Adults)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Asylum seekers (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Patient mobility across borders (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Seasonal farm workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Community participation in health
Forensic medicine
Global health diplomacy
Health administration
Health care financing
Health diplomacy/ international relations
Health of detainees/ incarceration
Health policy
Health systems research
Humanitarian health interventions
Infectious diseases
International health regulations
Labour migration and health
Maternal and child health
Medical anthropology
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases (NCD)
Public Health
Refugee health
Research ethics
Sexual and reproductive health
Vaccine preventable diseases/immunization
Violence and health

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
(2015) Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. (un)healthy migration in southern Africa. 2016 Principal Investigator
(2015) National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa: (un)Healthy movement in southern Africa: towards improved responses to communicable diseases. Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers 2015 Principal Investigator
Migration, mobility and health in South Africa 2016 Southern AfricaSouth Africa Collaborator Importance of developing migration-aware healthcare systems; people do not migrate to access healthcare; border areas are exceptional

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Towards a migration-aware health system in South Africa: A strategic opportunity to address health inequity J. Vearey, M. Modisenyane, and J. Hunter-Adams 2017
A global research agenda on migration, mobility, and health J. Hanefeld, J. Vearey, N. Lunt, et al. 2017
Healthy migration: A public health and development imperative for south(ern) Africa J. Vearey 2014
Negotiating the city: exploring the intersecting vulnerabilities of non- national migrant mothers who sell sex in Johannesburg, South Africa R. Walker, J. Vearey, and L. Nencel 2017
Exploring local-level responses to migration and urban health in Hillbrow: the Johannesburg Migrant Health Forum J. Vearey, K. Thomson, T. Sommers, and C. Sprague 2017
Beyond the single story: creative research approaches with migrant sex workers in South Africa E. Oliveira and J. Vearey 2017
Urban Health in Johannesburg: Migration, Exclusion and Inequality J. Vearey 2017
Giving Birth in a Foreign Land: Exploring the Maternal Healthcare Experiences of Zimbabwean Migrant Women Living in Johannesburg, South Africa T. Makandwa and J. Vearey 2017
Exploring the migration profiles of primary healthcare users in South Africa J. Vearey, T. de Gruchy, M. Kamndaya, H. Walls, C. Chetty-Makkan, J. Hanefeld 2016
“Son of the Soil…Daughters of the Land”: poetry writing as a strategy of citizen-making for lesbian, gay, and bisexual migrants and asylum seekers in Johannesburg L. Dill, J. Vearey, E. Oliveira, and G. Martinez Castillo 2016
Understanding healthcare and population mobility in southern Africa: The case of South Africa H. Walls, J. Vearey, M. Modisenyane, C. Chetty-Makkan, S. Charalambous, R. Smith, and J. Hanefeld 2016
Images of place: Visuals from migrant women sex workers in South Africa E. Oliveira and J. Vearey 2015
Social Capital and Livelihoods in Johannesburg: Differential Advantages and Unexpected Outcomes among Internal Migrants, Foreign-Born Migrants, and Long-Term South African Residents T. W. Myroniuk and J. Vearey 2014
HIV, population mobility, and the post-conflict nexus: unpacking complexity J. Vearey 2013
Dietary diversity of formal and informal residents in Johannesburg, South Africa S. Drimie, M. Faber, J. Vearey, and L. Nunez 2012
Syrian Refugees: between rocky crisis in Syria and hard inaccessibility to healthcare services in Lebanon and Jordan Z. El-Khatib, D. Scales, J. Vearey, and B. Forsberg 2013
Migration Status, Work Conditions and Health Utilization of Female Sex Workers in Three South African Cities M. Richter, M. F. Chersich, J. Vearey, B. Sartorius, M. Temmerman, and S. Luchters 2012
Sampling in an Urban Environment: Overcoming Complexities and Capturing Differences J. Vearey 2012
HIV prevention in the workplace and beyond: the importance of engaging with migration, urban livelihoods and the “informal economy” in South Africa J. Vearey, L. Núñez, M. Richter, and K. Moyo 2011
Challenging urban health: towards an improved local government response to migration, informal settlements and HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa J. Vearey 2011
Learning from HIV: exploring migration and health in South Africa J. Vearey 2011
Who cares? The impact of HIV-related sickness on migration patterns in South Africa L. Núñez, J. Vearey, and S. Drimie 2011
Urban health in Johannesburg: the importance of place in understanding intra-urban inequalities in a context of migration and HIV J. Vearey, I. Palmary, L. Thomas, L. Núñez, and S. Drimie 2010
Hidden spaces and urban health: exploring the tactics of rural migrants navigating the City of Gold J. Vearey 2010
Good treatment outcomes among foreigners receiving antiretroviral therapy in Johannesburg, South Africa K. McCarthy, M. F. Chersich, J. Vearey, G. Meyer-Rath, A. Jaffer, S. Simpwalo, and W.D.F. Venter 2009
Migration, access to ART and survivalist livelihood strategies in Johannesburg J. Vearey 2008
Urban Forum Special Issue: (Well)Being in the City: a focus on health and migration in Johannesburg J. Vearey 2017
Mobility, migration and generalised HIV epidemics: a focus on sub-Saharan Africa J. Vearey 2016
‘Know me! But, remember that this is only part of who I am’: a participatory photo research project with migrant women sex workers in inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa E. Oliveira and J. Vearey 2016
Migration and sex work in South Africa: key concerns for gender and health M. Richter and J. Vearey 2016
A World Class African host for whom? Implications of hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup on the lived experiences of migrant sex workers in Johannesburg, South Africa J. Vearey and M. Richter 2015
Migration, urban health and inequality in Johannesburg J. Vearey 2013
Migration, HIV and access to public health care in Southern Africa J. Vearey 2015
A Photo Essay: Migration and Sex Work in South Africa E. Oliveira and J. Vearey 2015
Working the City: experiences of migrant women in inner-city Johannesburg J. Vearey, E. Oliveira, T. Madzimure, and B. Ntini 2011
Migration and Health Delivery Systems in Southern Africa J. Vearey 2010
Deportation and Public Health: Concerns around the ending of the Zimbabwean Documentation Process J. Vearey and M. Wilhelm-Solomon 2011
Towards improving forced migrant access to health and psychosocial rights in urban South Africa - a focus on Johannesburg J. Vearey and L. Nunez 2011