RGS-IBG 2019: fertility, family planning, reproductive mobilities and health sessions, 29/08.

For geographers interested in fertility, family planning, reproductive mobilities and health.At the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference this year there are three themed sessions and a networking lunch all taking place on Thursday 29th August.

Ø Reproductive (Im)mobilities
Time:11:10-12:50 Click for session details

Ø Geographies of fertility, reproduction and family planning – lunchtime networking session
Time: 13:10-14:25

This networking session is open to any geographers or social science researchers interested in fertility, family planning, reproductive (im)mobilities and/or health. Grab lunch beforehand from the catering tent and bring it along. This informal session will provide a space for individuals to discuss and debate research topics and connect with others working in this field.

Ø Geographies of fertility, reproduction and family planning (1)
Time: 14:40-16:20         Click for session details

Ø Geographies of fertility, reproduction and family planning (2)
Time:16:50-18:30        Click for session details

The sessions have been sponsored by the RGS-IBG Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG) and the RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

The conference will take place at the RGS-IBG Building in Kensington, London, between the 27th – 30th Aug 2019. One day conference passes are available. For more information about registering for the conference please visit: https://www.rgs.org/research/annual-international-conference/registration/


GHWRG Dissertation Prize 2019

The GHWRG offers a dissertation prize, sponsored by the international journal Health & Place published by Elsevier. First prize is £150, with an honourable mention second prize of £50. The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student in a UK university and will be awarded to the dissertation that exhibits the best overall contribution to any issue relating to health geography. The dissertations should usually be of first class standard and be submitted by the student’s Department (Head or nominated representative) and with the student’s knowledge, in electronic format (preferably pdf) only to: Beth Greenhough, University of Oxford. Email: beth.greenhough@ouce.ox.ac.uk. Please include a contact email address for the student (post-graduation). Please note that we can only accept one entry from any department. 

Deadline: 4 July 2019

Evidence call: How can spaces and places enhance wellbeing or reduce loneliness?

via What Works Wellbeing

What are we looking for?

We are looking for grey literature – reports and other unpublished resources – that look at how space or place can enhance wellbeing or alleviate loneliness in over-16 year olds taking part in sports, physical activities or performing arts.

To be considered, submissions must be:

  • a report on sport/physical activity or performing arts and wellbeing or alleviation of loneliness, and space or place
  • completed between 2009-2019 and must include author details (individuals, groups or organisations).
  • qualitative in evaluation methods.

What do we mean by sport, space or place, and performing arts?

By sport, we mean:

  • Any kind of physical activity

By space or place, we mean:

  • the physical and human characteristics of places, including things like community, neighbourhood or physical environment, or particular kinds of places – for example, public parks, green spaces or leisure centres.

By performing arts, we mean:

  • any form of art performance using voice, body or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression.

What is grey literature?

 By grey literature we mean “literature that is not formally published in sources such as books or journal articles” (Lefebvre, Manheimer, & Glanville, 2008, p. 106).

This may be produced by charities, government departments, businesses, community groups and others; and may include reports, theses or dissertations, and more.

Please note that evidence can only be reviewed for inclusion in the work of the Culture, Sport, Communities and Wellbeing programme if submitted through this call.

Evidence submitted to individual researchers in the programme cannot be considered. If you have previously sent documents to the Culture, Sport and Communities team please re-submit through this call.


Please submit relevant reports, with ‘Places and spaces’ in the subject line, to:


Deadline for submissions: Friday 5 July

Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment 2019, University of Exeter

The Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment conference is just over a month away! We invite and encourage PGRs and ECRs to attend! Please see below for some updates to the conference programme and the details for registering.
The draft programme for ENRGHI 2019 is now live! It is available to access on the website, along with full details of abstracts.
Registration is £50 and closes in June. Please click here to register.
Registration fee includes:
  • Keynote speeches from established academics in health geographies
  • Exciting workshops to develop key skills for ECRs and PGRs
  • A conference meal at Harry’s Restaurant in Exeter on the Monday evening
  • Lunches and refreshments throughout the conference
Please get in contact if you require any more information or have any questions.
Best wishes,
ENRGHI committee

Health and inequalities in an era of crises, University of Edinburgh

You are warmly invited to a one-day symposium on health and inequalities in an era of crises (details below). Registration is free, but places are limited – so please sign up via  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-symposium-health-and-inequalities-in-an-era-of-crises-tickets-60257344339 if you would like to attend.

Date: Thursday 13 June 2019

Time: 10am (registration from 9.30am) – 4.30pm

Venue: University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

The past decade has seen widespread political and social upheaval, with the global economic recession heralding a period of austerity, heightened tensions over immigration, and the rise of right-wing populism in many countries. These changes highlight the complex relationship between inequalities, social cohesion and the political economy of health. This one-day symposium is an opportunity to explore the implications of the ‘era of crises’ for health and inequalities – including discussion of the following questions:

  • What are the implications of the changing political landscape for social cohesion, inequalities and health?
  • Are changing labour market patterns affecting mental health, and are some communities more vulnerable to these changes than others?
  • How is the rise of populism linked with representations of social identity and community?
  • To what extent does the concept of social capital help us understand the relationship between macro-social changes, inequalities and health?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Kate Pickett (York and co-author of the ‘Spirit Level’)
  • Professor Ichiro Kawachi (Harvard)
  • Dr Ben Hawkins (LSHTM)
  • Professor Jamie Pearce (Edinburgh)
  • Dr Gerry McCartney (NHS Scotland)

The symposium will include both international and UK speakers, and is open to researchers, policymakers and advocates.

Jamie Pearce

Professor of Health Geography

School of GeoSciences

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH8 9XP

Tel: + 44 131 650 2294

GHWRG Hack Day: Doing sensitive participatory research in times of austerity, London

You are warmly invited to a half-day ‘Hack Day’ on doing sensitive participatory research with people at the margins in times of austerity (details below).

Registration is £20, and places are limited – so please sign up soon if you would like to attend:


GHWRG Hack Day: Doing sensitive participatory research in times of austerity

Date: Friday 28 June 2019

Time: 12.30pm (lunch and registration) – 5.00pm

Venue: Lowther Room, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London

A hack day is designed to get people together in a room to discuss the nuts and bolts of a particular issue, to share the lessons already learnt, to suggest ways to take a different track, and to facilitate the creation of ideas to resolve the issue.

For the purposes of this event, the focus of the hack day is on discussing the challenges of, and lessons and ideas to be learnt from, how we carry out sensitive participatory research into everyday austerities and the ethical implications of researching in austere conditions via a ‘hack approach’.

Despite government proclamations that ‘austerity is over’, the funding climate and the everyday effects of austerity continue to live on. During this time, geographers have sought to develop more participatory methods to involve and find out more about the lives of people at the harsh end of the cuts, including individuals and families living in poverty, those ‘getting by’ on welfare benefits, and those living with ill-health and impairment whilst using health and social care services.

Given participatory methodologies seek to engage participants in more depth throughout the research process, a series of tensions can emerge that researchers must grapple with – e.g. recompensing participants, managing vulnerable relationships whilst deepening levels of engagement, and facilitating the creation of shared knowledge.  These tensions are compounded by having to encounter more closely the inequalities, vulnerabilities, and challenging contexts that can destabilize participants’s lives. By encountering these tensions more closely, researchers must work through difficult practical issues and delicate ethical questions whilst carefully managing conversations about the impact of the research.  Over an afternoon, we will take stock of current participatory research on austerity in geographies of health and wellbeing and consider where it is heading.

This half-day ‘hack day’ is an opportunity to explore through a series of papers and discussant-led dialogues these challenges and lessons – including discussion of the following questions:

  • What are the implications of the austerity landscape for the viability and practicability of sensitive participatory research?
  • Are changing labour market patterns, and cutbacks to services making some research communities more vulnerable and eroding their ability to engage more in-depth with researchers?
  • How is the rise of anti-welfare populist rhetoric and stigmatisation affecting the ability of researchers to bring about major positive change with the communities they seek to study?
  • To what extent does the context of austerity shape the meaning and theoretical underpinnings of sensitive participatory methodology?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Louise Holt (Reader, University of Loughborough)
  • Sarah Marie-Hall (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Morgan Centre Member, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Andrew Power (Associate Professor, University of Southampton)

The HackDay is open to researchers from both within and outside geography, as well as advocates and representatives of health or social care organisations. The event will be followed by drinks afterwards in a nearby pub.





Call for papers: ENRGHI 2019, 17th – 18th June, University of Exeter

Reblogged from ENRGHI


Call for Papers: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) Conference 2019

Theme: Cultures of health and wellbeing

Papers are invited for 20th ENRGHI Conference, a two-day event organised by and for post-graduates and early career researchers, with generous support from the RGS (with IBG) Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG) and the Wellcome Centre Cultures and Environments of Health. This longstanding conference offers a supportive environment to showcase research; providing valuable opportunities for networking, research feedback and discussion with researchers and students who have a shared interest in geographies of health, wellbeing, and impairment.

Attracting an international audience, the conference welcomes abstracts from individuals involved in health or wellbeing research within social, geographical, and/or environmental contexts. We invite submissions from both those working within and outside of geography as a discipline. The 2019 conference will take place on the 17th and 18th June 2019, hosted by theUniversity of Exeter.

Conference papers can be based on work-in-progress or completed work. PhD students are encouraged to focus on a particular study aspect, such as a specific method, a literature review, or one aspect of empirical findings, rather than trying to cover their whole project.

The scope of the conference is broad in order to reflect the diversity of topics and research approaches utilised within the field of health, wellbeing, and impairment. Topics covered in previous conferences have included:

  • Health inequalities, environmental justice, and equity
  • Therapeutic landscapes, green/blue and ‘enabling’ spaces
  • Health and wellbeing through the life course
  • Mental health, everyday life, disability, and stigma
  • Migration, mobilities, and health
  • Health-related behaviours and practices
  • Health-care delivery and access to services
  • Health, mapping, and spatial analysis
  • Health and health care in the Developing World

Additional topics of interest that fit in the theme ‘cultures of health and wellbeing’ are as follows:

  • Health technologies and media e.g. health surveillances: care and control
  • Conceptualising health and health geographies: boundaries and conflicts
  • Healthy environments and performances
  • Public engagement, what does it mean for geographies of health research?
  • Sensitive issues and ‘emotion work’ in health research/ethical issues in health research
  • PGR and ECR mental health and wellbeing
  • Creative health geographies: theatre, art, poetry
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to health
  • The mental health treatment gap and health inequalities
  • Framing disease: health and illness in modernity
  • Sickness, health and remedies since Antiquity
  • Women’s health, sex and reproduction
  • Death, grief and loss

Guidelines for Submissions

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please also provide the title, author(s), and affiliation. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes, followed by five minutes of discussion. Posters should be A0 in size and there will be designated time slots for poster presentations during the conference. Please state whether you are interested in doing a presentation, poster and/or chairing a session. Please also provide 4 keywords. Abstracts should be emailed with the subject title as ENRGHI CfP to enrghi2019@gmail.com by Friday 12th April 2019.

Prizes for the best presentations will be nominated by delegates and awarded at the end of the conference. Details of registration and fee waivers will be made available in April on the ENRGHI 2019 website: https://enrghi2019.wordpress.com/.