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Hack Day: In-Situ Methodologies in Geographies of Health & Wellbeing ** Registration deadline 2nd July**

Hack Day Agenda: In-Situ Methodologies in Geographies of Health & Wellbeing ** Registration deadline 2nd July**

Much recent research in the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing has drawn from a wide range of in-situ and mobile methodologies. Many of these are presented in the literature in a relatively unproblematic way, yet the experience of using such methodologies and their effectiveness in specific settings and with specific participants has produced a rich base of researcher experiences that has considerable value for new and emerging researchers working in this area. Varied approaches, technologies and techniques have been developed and applied across diverse settings, including, for example, geo-narratives, walk/run/bike/swim alongs, mobile and video ethnographies, amongst others.

The ultimate aim of this half-day workshop, to be held at the RGS-IBG in London, is to describe these methodologies including honest and open discussions about what does and does not work, and sharing, via a hack approach, tips and advice on how best to utilise these methods for robust and high-quality research in geographies of health and wellbeing. The agenda for the event is now included below and online:

There is a nominal cost of £15 to attend. If you would like to come along and contribute to general discussion during the workshop, please do register via the link above by Monday 2nd July, and send any access/dietary requests to by Friday 6th July at the very latest.


12.00 – 12.45              Registration and sandwich lunch

12.45 – 12.50              Welcome

12.50 – 13.00              Introduction & aims of the day

13.00 – 14.15              Session 1 – Participant presentations

  • Hannah Grove, Maynooth University “Exploring the everyday experiences of older people in Greater Dublin: A Qualitative GIS approach
  • Alexandra Kaley, University of Dundee, “More than words: the use of moving image methodologies in research with people with learning disabilities
  • Heli Gittens, Bangor University, Evaluating the impact of woodland activities on personal wellbeing: Gathering data in the woods – delights and challenges
  • Erin Roberts & Merryn Thomas, Cardiff University, “Using mobile methods to explore wellbeing associated with saltmarshes: the CoastWEB project”
  • Tess Pollard, University of Birmingham, “Affective Capture: the implications of using biosensing technology for researching workplace stress

14.15 – 14.30        Tea and coffee (take out to Hyde Park for field trials)

14.30 – 15.45        Session 2 – Field Trials, Hyde Park (weather dependent but be prepared with waterproofs and/or sun cream just in case!)

15.45 – 16.15        Session 3 – Discussion: Negotiating challenges in the field

16.15 – 16.45        Session 4 – Discussion: Ethics and rigour within in situ approaches

16.45 – 17.00        Closing words

After 17.00            Networking option at the Hoop & Toy pub

Useful information and websites:

Geographies of health and wellbeing research group (GHWRG)

Royal Geographical Society (RGS)

Social media: GHWRG Twitter @GeogHealth

Please use #RGS to tweet about the session


GHWRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2018

The RGS Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group is delighted to invite submissions for our Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes. The GHWRG Dissertation Prize 2018 is £150, followed by a highly commended prize to the 2nd best dissertation of £50. Both of these awards are generously sponsored by the international journal Health and Place published by Elsevier.

The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student in a UK university and will be awarded to the dissertation(s) that exhibits the best overall contribution to any issue relating to health geography. Information about past winners can be found here.

The dissertations should usually be of first class standard and be submitted by the student’s department (head or nominated representative) with the student’s knowledge, in electronic format only, to: Matthew Callender, University of Northampton. Email: Please include a contact email address for the student (post-graduation if necessary). Please note that we can only accept one entry from any department. The deadline for submissions is the 4th July 2018.

Please do circulate this to colleagues and students who may be interested.

Call for Papers: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) Conference 2018


Call for Papers: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) Conference 2018


Papers are invited for 19th 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). 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 2018 conference will take place on the 18th and 19th June 2018, hosted by the University of Bristol.

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Conference: Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Bath, UK

Call for Abstracts: Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Annual Conference 2018

10th – 12th July 2018, University of Bath, UK

Conference theme: Mobilising Change: Creative and Critical Leisure Practices in the Post-Disciplinary Era

Hosted by the Physical Culture, Sport and Health Research Group

Conference website:

Abstract submission process and key dates:

  • Abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2018
  • Notification of decision will be made by 1 March 2018
  • We welcome abstracts to be submitted either to the conference themes or planned conference sessions. Please see the PDF attached (bottom of page) for information about the themes, sessions and submission guidelines.
  • We are also welcoming poster submissions for the Images of Research competition. Please see poster guidelines attached.

Conference aims:

The Conference Committee invites the submission of abstracts for papers that align with the aims of the conference:

  1. To facilitate critical and creative dialogue that responds to the sociopolitical complexity of leisure practices, formations and organisation in contemporary life.
  2. To invite diverse disciplinary perspectives, methodological and theoretical approaches from within, and beyond the field, to situate the study of leisure within in a post-disciplinary future.

The conference seeks to mobilise critical and creative insights, relationships and collaborations between academics, and also with non-academic participants who have been involved in co-created research (artists, activists, policy makers and professionals).

Conference themes:

Six themes have been identified around leisure problematics, contexts and interrelated matters of concern. These are:

o    Digital and physical cultures

o    Embodied health and well-being

o    Critical pedagogies in public and education spaces

o    Co-creating research – innovative methodologies

o    Inequality, power and change

o    Sustainable communities – people and places

Please see our website or contact for further inquiries. Follow us on Twitter @lsa_2018

LSA Conference Committee

Call for abstracts for the Leisure Studies Association Conference 2018

Call for posters for the Leisure Studies Association Conference 2018

Call for Papers: GHWRG sponsored sessions, RGS-IBG 2018.

This call for papers is for sessions sponsored by the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG) to take place at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st August 2018 in Cardiff. Please click through for individual abstracts and submission details.

Note varying submission deadlines.


Session title: ‘A green thought in a green shade’: understanding and amplifying the worth of urban nature’

Convenors:  Julian Dobson (University of Sheffield) and Nicola Dempsey (University of Sheffield)

Submission deadline: 15th January 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Social enterprise, third sector and non-government organisations as individual and community spaces of wellbeing

Convenors: Sarah-Anne Munoz (University of the Highlands & Islands), Tracy de Cotta (Swinburne University of Technology), & Jane Farmer (Swinburne University of Technology)

Submission deadline: 12th February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Geographies of happiness

Convenors: Maria Alfaro Munoz (University of Birmingham) and Jessica Pykett (University of Birmingham)

Submission deadline: 31st January 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: ‘Bullying … petty managerialism … progressive erosion of trust and collegiality’: the (im)possibilities of critical geographies in changing landscapes of contemporary universities

Convenor: Mark Jayne (Cardiff University)

Submission deadline: 20th Dec

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Critical geographies of care, mobilities, and migration

Convenor: Maddy Thompson, Newcastle University

Submission deadline: 2nd February 2018

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Situating ‘Cultures of Care’

Convenors: Gail Davies (University of Exeter), Beth Greenhough (Oxford University) and Sophie Bowlby (University of Reading)

Submission deadline: 2nd February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session Title: The lived life and told story: exploring biographical methods in geographic research

Conveners: Eliza Garwood (University of Southampton) and Angharad Butler-Rees (University of Southampton)

Submission deadline: 2nd February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: New landscapes of HIV/AIDS in times of PrEP

Convenors: Gavin Brown (University of Leicester) & Cesare Di Feliciantonio (University of Leicester)

Submission deadline: 9th February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Towards vitalist geographies of health and care
Convenors: Rich Gorman (Exeter University), Phil Emmerson (University of Birmingham) and Diana Beljaars (Cardiff University)

Submission deadline: 1st February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Call for abstracts and participation: Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages

Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages: concepts, controversy and necessary tensions

A two-day interdisciplinary conference, February 12-13th 2018, University of Sheffield UK

Call for abstracts and participation

Global mental health as a field of study and practice involves a wide heterogeneous assemblage of actors and is a controversial field that despite huge achievements has also attracted much critique. While for some the very concept of global mental health is an oxymoron and a form of medical imperialism (Summerfield, 2013), for others it has proved a practical way of leveraging political attention on a much-neglected area. This makes for a sometimes hostile and polemic intellectual climate that risks reaching an impasse (Cooper, 2016). This conference aims to draw out the necessary tensions of this field through critical interdisciplinary discussion and debate. It aims to create space to explore how activists, mental health users and survivors, and academics from various fields (such as, Mad Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Disability Studies, Human Geography, History, Literary studies, Education, and Science and Technology Studies, and many more) can enrich and / or trouble debates around global mental health.

The conference is open to all working in and around global mental health and wider therapeutic assemblages, and especially welcomes postgraduate and early career researchers, those who have lived experience of a psychiatric diagnosis, or of distress, and those who live and/or work in the global South on mental health issues. It aims to explore and showcase the multiple contemporary (converging and diverging) directions of, and innovations in, global mental health research and practice.

For further information on conference content, funding opportunities, and submission of abstracts (deadline 11th December), see

For queries please contact