News regarding the Commission of Health and the Environment.
Call for Book Chapters for proposed Springer Edition on “Geographies of Health, Health Care and Wellbeing”
Within the discipline of Geography, there has been an increasing interest in health research. Traditionally, the sub discipline of geography dealing with health issues was known as „Medical Geography‟. With the changes in approaches, the „cultural turn‟ in the sub-discipline and the adoption of the salutogenic paradigm, the nomenclature „medical geography‟ is gradually getting replaced by the term „geography of health‟.This sub-discipline involves the application of geographical information, perspectives, and methods to the study of health and disease, their cultural production and spatial distribution and the organization and accessibility of health care. In fact geographers are well equipped to conduct health research, as they have the skills and expertise to study health in different socio-economic and environmental milieu and apply perspectives beyond the biomedical paradigm. Geographers use statistical tools like Multi-variate analysis; Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing to assess the role of space in influencing the health of individuals and communities. Likewise they apply qualitative methods to understand the perception and construction of health and disease. Concepts such as sense of place, therapeutic landscape, and experiential integration have been developed by health geographers to enhance the understanding of the influence of the environment on health. This is reflected in an increasing trend in the application of qualitative research methods and the adoption of social theories to explore and explain the complex nexus of health, health care and disease.
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Deadline for submission 15th of April 2021
Special Issue "Health Geography and Its Relevance for Future Public Health"
On behalf of IJERPH, the International Geographical Union Commission on Health and the Environment (IGU-CHE) is organizing a Special Issue on health geography and its relevance for public health.
Health geography analyzes health and health systems responses to health needs as complex, open, and dynamic interactions of people and the environment. In this way, health geography encourages, for example, an understanding of the health of local populations as being interconnected to and interdependent with global health. This holistic approach translates into multidisciplinary studies, drawing on concepts and methods from geography, epidemiology, the social sciences, public health, and many other disciplines. For this Special Issue, we would like to invite recent scientific contributions of health geographies to public health.
Below are some topics reflecting the scope of the Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Mark Rosenberg
Prof. Dr. Paula Santana
Deadline for last submissions is January 2021
COVID-19: Call for joint efforts to fight against the epidemic
The President of IGU forward us an email from Professor Fahu Chen and Professor Guoyou Zhang from the Geographical Society of China regarding the COVID-19 epidemic (see emails below). To support their request, we proposed the following three immediate activities:
a. With the support of the IGU executive and the local organisers, the IGU Commission on Health and the Environment could organise a dedicated special session (or plenary) in collaboration with colleagues from China CDC, WHO, CAS and the Commission at the upcoming IGC in Istanbul.
b. The Commission could organise an international expert workshop on COVID-19 and other (re-) emerging diseases back-to-back to the Commission’s annual training course at CAS in Beijing (IGSNRR) that would specifically include the perspective of health geographers and spatial epidemiologists and inform on how to improve preparedness, academic teaching and public information.
c. The Commission could set up a special working group to analyse the lessons learned in the context of interdisciplinary Global Health and using the comprehensive approaches of health geography and spatial epidemiology. This international special working group would start working this year with the perspective to provide a comprehensive report to the extraordinary IGC in Paris.
Yukio Himiyama, IGU President, considers the three proposals all very important and supports and endorses them strongly, as well as Professor Barbaros Gönençgil, the Chair of the IGC 2020 Istanbul Organizing Committee, and Professor Nathalie Lemarchand, the Co-chair of the Extraordinary IGC 2022 Paris Organizing Committee. Both are ready to work with our proposal No. 1 and No. 3 and ask to be kept informed of the progress about these proposals so that they can let the IGU and broader communities know of them via the IGU website, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
We kindly ask if some of you would like to support the development of one of these proposals or if you are already working on this topic.
Meanwhile, we would like to call your attention to two activities already being implemented by a group of Tourism researchers from the University of Coimbra.
A: Survey on Coronavirus - impacts in travelling.
This questionnaire is part of an academic research project by CEGOT - Center for the Study of Geography and Spatial Planning and CISED - Center for Research in Digital Services. We ask you to cooperate in completing the questionnaire for 5 minutes. The data is for scientific use only and is strictly confidential. Access to the survey: shorturl.at/agxR3
B: Call for book chapters: “International Tourism and Health Risks: the Impacts of Epidemics and Virus Outbreaks in the XXI century” by Emerald Group Publishing.
This edited book aims to offer a broad collection of papers regarding the specific topic of tourism mobility and the impacts of health risk in the travel industry. Papers with new perspectives and approaches for traditional paradigms and theories, as well as new qualitative, quantitative and mix methodologies are welcome.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 31st of May 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org