The 16th Emerging New Researchers in the Geographies of Health & Impairment (ENRGHI) conference took place in London at the beginning of September, jointly organised by University College London and Queen Mary’s University College London.
ENRGHI is a conference run for and by post graduate and early career researchers and provides an innovative and supportive forum for presenting and sharing ideas. The conference consisted of two days of posters and presentations, as well as opportunities for networking, socialising and a careers Q&A session.
CRESH PhD student Anna Kenyon presented on the socio-spatial distribution of environments that are likely to support walking throughout urban Scotland, concluding that there is little evidence of inequality in the distribution of good walking environments in relation to area deprivation.
The talk sparked debate about which features of urban environments are the most important to include in measures of area walkability. This led to a wider discussion about the balance, when measuring environmental determinants of health behaviours, between the benefits of using a large study area, such as urban Scotland, and the inevitable technical constraints this places on the specificity of measures used.
Other delegates made presentations on a diverse range of topics and attendees voted for the presentation they thought was the best. Topics of the winning presentations were: Women’s detention and mental health, Environmental and socio economic factors associated with leishmaniasis outbreaks in Saudi Arabia, and Inequalities in the provision of treatment for chronic kidney disease in the UK.
Dr. Maurzio Gibin (Birkbeck University of London) gave a plenary speech on geovisualisation techniques and presenting geographic data to non-expert audiences as well as ingenious methods of presenting geographic data. Prof. Steve Cummins (Queen Mary University of London) presented on the benefits of using of natural experiments in geography. Prizes for the best three delegate presentations were presented by Dr Jim Dunn, deputy editor of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers travelled from countries including Canada, France, Australia and the Netherlands as well as throughout the UK to attend the conference.
Details of the next ENRGHI conference as well as including photos of the event, posters and prizes from this year can be viewed on the ENRGHI website: http://enrghi2012.wordpress.com/