Environment & Society Forum, 6 November 2012
In this event, contributors discussed the geography and impacts of the economic downturn on health and the challenges of long-term worklessness.
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.
See an online presentation made by Professor Bambra on this topic at Durham University in 2011, and an addtional paper referred to in the presentation: CLES Health and Worklessness Report (PDF).
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)
This event was delivered as part of the Environment & Society Forum series, which addresses major policy challenges by bringing geographers into dialogue with stakeholders in business, government and research.
Find out more about the Environment & Society Forum here, or view outputs from our most recent events.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY NC 4.0), which permits use, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, provided the original work is cited and it is for non-commercial purposes. Please contact us for other uses.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Association for Geographic Information (2019). What keeps the UK healthy? Geographical perspectives on work and worklessness. Case study. [online] Available at: www.rgs.org//esf/health Last accessed on: <date>
Featured image: @hush52/Unsplash
As well as using census data in their work, geographers have been central to census design. Find out more in our case studies.
Geographical research aimed to improve the lives of the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities in Brighton.
Geographical research changed government policy and popular understanding of the importance of common land and green space in local communities.
Changes to the financial system are needed to achieve a just transition towards a net zero future.
By placing a booking, you are permitting us to store and use your (and any other attendees) details in order to fulfil the booking.
We will not use your details for marketing purposes without your explicit consent.
You must be a member holding a valid Society membership to view the content you are trying to access. Please login to continue.
Join us today, Society membership is open to anyone with a passion for geography
Cookies on the RGS website