As a cultural geographer, an immigrant and ardent fan of the transformative potential of travel, Meghann Ormond is deeply invested in and concerned with how differently-mobile people's roots, rights and vulnerabilities are recognised and included in the places they visit and in which they live.
Meghann is Associate Professor in Cultural Geography at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. She is a member of Wageningen's Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) and Tourism@WUR. Recipient of the 2011 RGS-IBG Jacques May Award for best PhD thesis in the field of Health & Medical Geography, she holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom. She is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and books. Please visit this page to see her CV.
Meghann is passionate about exploring international travel's capacity to expose people to diverse ways of being in the world and instil in them greater awareness of and sensitivity to humankind's interconnectedness and mutual accountability. Something of a global nomad herself, she's spent nearly all of her adult life outside of the United States and is a dual US and Portuguese citizen. She's studied and worked in Canada, Morocco, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
Meghann draws on this international experience in her research and teaching on diverse facets of cross-border mobility and transformative learning. Her main research interests include 1) transnational medical and long-term care, 2) migrants' integration and heritage-making practices, and 3) travel and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. This work has led to collaborations with scholars, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the US. She was a visiting scholar at Rikkyo University in Japan (2014) and the University of Malaya in Malaysia (2013-14). In addition to sitting on the editorial board for the academic journals Globalization & Health and Current Issues in Tourism, she is a member of the International Migration, Integration & Social Cohesion (IMISCOE) network and the IOM's Migration Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI). She also sits on the Dutch Association for Women Professors (LNVH) Sounding Board for Associate Professors.
In her societal outreach, she actively collaborates with and contributes to established and emerging initiatives on migrant heritage and accessible tourism in the Netherlands. She is on the board of trustees for the Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague and collaborates with Pocket Stories in the Roots Guide project and Hiraeth Magazine. She also regularly works together with think-tanks, policy-makers and industry representatives to work towards greater health equity in global South countries where international medical travel is being used as an economic development tool.
Testimonials from fellow researchers, members of civil society organisations and students about her work and contributions can be found here.
Contact: meghann.ormond [@] wur.nl