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CRESH call for papers – RGS-IBG: Environment, justice & health inequalities

CRESH are organising a conference session at the RGS-IBG and look forward to receiving abstracts.
The conference runs from 3-5 July 2012 and is being held at the University of Edinburgh

Environment, justice & health inequalities
In recent years the dominant discourse in environmental justice research has been concerned with notions of distributive justice. Studies adopting this utilitarian perspective have tended to consider the socio-spatial distribution of environmental ‘goods’ and ‘bads’. A common conclusion is that low socio-economic, ethnic minority and other vulnerable groups and places are often disadvantaged in terms of the availability of environmental resources or contact with environmental burdens. More recently, environmental justice scholars have challenged the dominance of the distributional approach. They have called for a reorientation that includes a consideration of (i) the processes underlying the maldistribution of resources and (ii) how the distribution of resources affects health and well-being. To date, despite its obvious potential, there has been little geographical work at the intersection of the fields of environmental justice and health inequalities.

The aim of this session is to bring together papers from an interdisciplinary group of researchers concerned with issues of environmental justice and health. This session, organised by the Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH), seeks papers which address the following non exhaustive list of possible topics including climate change, health behaviours, salutogenic environments and vulnerability.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday 2nd of December.
Please send abstracts up to a maximum of 250 words, proposed titles and 5 keywords (clearly stating name, institution, and contact details) to Niamh Shortt (niamh.shortt@ed.ac.uk), Jamie Pearce (Jamie.pearce@ed.ac.uk), Richard Mitchell (Richard.Mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk) and Elizabeth Richardson (e.richardson@ed.ac.uk)

CRESH MRC success (falls, ageing and resilience)

A team of researchers from a range of disciplines, including Professor Jamie Pearce from CRESH, has been successful in an application to the Medical Research Council (MRC) for a Strategic Grant to undertake pilot work on the outdoor environment and older people’s resilience to falls. The study, titled Go Far (Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience), will be a year-long project linking into Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW): a major cross-council initiative supporting research into healthy ageing and wellbeing in later life. The study is led by the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre at theUniversityofSalford. The CRESH contribution will be to consider socio-spatial patterns in falls among the elderly in the UK.

Smoking Symposium at Durham University

Prof Jamie Pearce was an invited commentator at the inugural symposium of the Smoking Interest Group at Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities. This one day workshop, led by Professor Jane Macnaughton and Dr Andrew Russell established a fascinating dialogue between policy makers, practitioners and social science researchers with an interest in smoking and tobacco. The event is likely to lead to a number of new and exciting research collabrations in the field of tobacco control.

New ERC funding

A new CRESH project funded by the European Research Council commenced on 1st October 2011. Funded for 1.4 million euros over 5 years, this international study is considering how existing secondary datasets might be utilised to answer important questions about the pathways linking the environment to to health. The work commenced on 1st October 2011 and is led by Prof Jamie Pearce, Dr Niamh Shortt and Prof Richard Mitchell. We are delighted to be able to  appoint three members of staff Dr Elizabeth Richardson, Esther Rind, Dr Helena Tunstall. More details on our progress with this project will be posted on the CRESH webpage.

2 Postdoctoral Research Positions: Available Now!

Two postdoctoral research positions are available from 1st October at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) (based at the University of Edinburgh).  Funded through a European Research Council grant, these positions are excellent opportunities for Postdoctoral Researchers in the field of Health and the Environment. Both posts are available from 1st October 2011 for 5 years.

The successful candidates will play key roles in the development of CRESH.

For further details:
http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3014472
Closing date: 29th July 2011

For informal enquiries please contact:
Dr Jamie Pearce (jamie.pearce@ed.ac.uk)
Dr Niamh Shortt (Niamh.Shortt@ed.ac.uk)
Prof Richard Mitchell (Richard.Mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk)