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Organised jointly with the Geography of Health Research Group (GHRG), this event took place as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s Festival of Social Science. Contributors discussed:

  • the impacts of the economic downturn upon individuals' and local communities' health - both physical and mental

  • what challenges long-term worklessness poses

  • how these challenges vary across the UK and how geography matters

  • case-studies seeking to address these challenges.

Presentations can be downloaded from the right hand menu.


Additional resources

See an online presentation made by Professor Bambra on this topic at Durham University in 2011.


Speaker list

  • Professor Clare Bambra, Director of the Wolfson Research Institute in the Department of Geography, Durham University

  • Dr Jonathan Campion, Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

  • Professor Sarah Curtis, Executive Director Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University

  • Phil Knibb, Executive Director, Communiversity, Alt Valley Community Trust, Liverpool

  • Neil McInroy, CEO, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

  • Dr Frank Popham, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow (Panel discussant - no presentation available)

  • Dr Nicola Shelton, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (Chair - no presentation available)

  • Dr Jason Strelitz, Speciality Registrar in Public Health based at the Royal Free Hospital London Foundation Trust

  • Marc Suhrcke, Professor in Public Health Economics, University of East Anglia (no presentation available)


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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Association for Geographic Information (2019). What keeps the UK healthy? Geographical perspectives on work and worklessness. Available at: Last accessed on: <date>