Abstract call


Papers are invited for 20th ENRGHI Conference, a three-day virtual event (30th June – 2nd July 2021), organised by and for postgraduates and early career researchers, with generous support from the RGS (with IBG) Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (https://ghwrg.wordpress.com/).  

This longstanding conference offers a supportive environment to showcase research provides valuable opportunities for networking, research feedback and discussion with researchers and students who have a shared interest in geographies of health and wellbeing. 

Attracting an international audience, the conference welcomes abstracts from individuals involved in health or wellbeing research within social, geographical, and/or environmental contexts. We invite submissions from both those working within and outside of geography as a discipline. The 2021 conference will take place on the 30th June – 2nd July 2021 and is co-hosted virtually by the University of Salford and the University of Groningen. 

Conference theme

The scope of the conference is broad to reflect the diversity of topics and research approaches utilised within the field of health, wellbeing, illness and impairment. Topics covered in previous conferences have included: 

  • Migration, mobilities, and health 
  • Health-care delivery and access to services 
  • Health, mapping, and spatial analysis 
  • Health and health care in the Global South 
  • Experiences of illness 
  • Geographies of recovery 
  • Health and wellbeing related to environments 
  • Attitudes to and changes in healthcare 
  • Health related behaviours and practices 
  • Health inequalities, environmental justice and equity 
  • Therapeutic landscapes, green/blue and ‘enabling’ spaces 
  • Health and wellbeing through the life course 
  • Mental health 
  • Aspects of health and illness as emergent in everyday life 
  • Disability, impairment and stigma 
  • everyday life, disability, and stigma 

Additional topics of interest could include but are by no means limited to: 

  • Health tourism 
  • Healthy ‘norms’, socio-cultural dynamics, and moral judgements 
  • Traditional medicine and non-traditional pathways (e.g. holistic/indigenous)
  • Environmental exposures and risk perception 
  • Innovative methods for exploring geographies of health and impairment 
  • The impact of Covid-19 on research related to health and wellbeing 

What are we looking for?

Conference papers should fit with the conference theme. Papers/posters can be based on work-in-progress or completed work. PhD students are encouraged to focus on a particular study aspect, such as a specific method, a literature review, or one aspect of empirical findings, rather than trying to cover their whole project. 

Guidelines for submission

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.  

Please also provide the: 

  • Title 
  • author(s) 
  • and affiliation.  

Oral presentations will be 15 minutes (pre-recorded), followed by five minutes of questions. Posters should be A0 in size and there will be designated platform accessible across the three days displaying these posters, alongside a dedicated time slot for poster presentations during the virtual conference. Please state whether you are interested in doing a presentation, poster and/or chairing a session on what broad area/topic/theory/methodology. 

Prizes will be available (More on this soon!) 

Abstracts should be submitted via the google form below by  19th May 2021. 


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