Two Postdoctoral Researchers (Health & Environment) Centre for Research on Environment, Society & Health (CRESH), Edinburgh

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Two Postdoctoral Researchers (Health & Environment)

Centre for Research on Environment, Society & Health (CRESH)

We are currently seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Researchers (Health & Environment) to join the CRESH team at the University of Edinburgh and contribute to two studies on the geography of unhealthy commodities.

The first position is part of the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Consortium – SPECTRUM (Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harm). SPECTRUM has an ambitious programme of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement focusing on the commercial determinants of health relating to tobacco, alcohol and food.

The second role will contribute to an ESRC funded project ‘Change in alcohol and tobacco availability, population health and the lived experience’ which will measure change in the availability of alcohol and tobacco in Scottish neighbourhoods over time and explore how this change relates to health outcomes and how residents experience the availability of alcohol and tobacco in their neighbourhoods.

Closing date for both positions is 16th October 2019.

Please get in touch with Professor Jamie Pearce or Professor Niamh Shortt to discuss either role:


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


RGS GHWRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes 2019

Winner: Natalie Clarke, Manchester University, Plastic-free periods? Exploring the barriers to reusable menstrual products

Natalie was awarded a prize of £150 from Health & Place (Editor: Jamie Pearce)

Dissertation prizes were also awarded to two ‘Highly Commended’ dissertations:

Hannah Springford, Durham University, The Potential of Periods: The role of education and social enterprise in African menstrual poverty alleviation

Patricia Ma, Edinburgh University, Geographies of Territorial Stigma and Health

Each runner up was awarded a prize of £25 from Health & Place.

Thanks goes to Health & Place and the editor Jamie Pearce for the support of the GHWRG Dissertation Prize.


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:

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: 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 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