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Critical Geographies of Health and Urban Well-Being

A two-day conference organised by the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group.

Dates: 21-22 November 2013
Location: University of Southampton, UK

Preliminary Call for Contributions
This year’s UGRG Conference will explore the relationship between urban space and health and well-being, of how theories of urban space can inform health and vice-versa. Health and well-being may be defined using the WHO’s framework, in which ‘health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ This conference is interested in health and well-being research that is not just ‘in’ but also ‘of’ urban space, overlapping with, informing and being informed by urban theory. This can include spatial inequality, policy mobilities, global cities and place effects, but also therapeutic landscapes, food deserts and obesogenic environments.

Guiding topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

-critical evaluation of normative health concepts such as the ‘healthy city’ movement, therapeutic landscapes -connecting urban and health theories -migration and health -gender, urban space and health -marginal urban places, marginal health?
-structural violence vs interpersonal violence through city spaces -critical disability studies -spaces of care in the city -urban health governance: governing un/healthy populations, the ‘sick’ city, the ‘bacteriological’ city, urban drug policy -biopolitics and biopower of urban life and death -global mobility of immaculate health policies -everyday mobility and health -city spaces of mental health

Papers are welcomed from researchers (including PhD students) at any stage of their careers. We will also be holding a ‘pecha-kucha’ session as we did last year. The deadline for 200 word abstracts is due 5pm Monday, 7 October 2013 to be submitted to Southampton’s Online Store (note that the abstract submission is separate from the registration)

The registration deadline will follow within 3-4 weeks, again through the Online Store. Register as early as possible – places will be limited to 50. Standard registration will be £75; for post-graduate students and unemployed, it will be £35. Please see here for details.

Please contact Geoff DeVerteuil (g.p.deverteuil@soton.ac.uk) if you have any questions and visit the UGRG website for this information and further updates.

Britain on the Move 2012

17th-18th December 2012. To be held at the RGS-IBG Headquarters, London
Background to the conference:
20 years ago, Champion and Fielding’s (1992) two volume edited collection on migration patterns and processes was published.  This provided a landmark intervention within migration studies and wider human geography, demonstrating how different types of migration in GB were undergoing changes and giving rise to new patterns of population, housing and economies.  For the last two decades, this book has provided a key resource for geographers and social scientists teaching the subject of migration and mobility, and scholars more widely teaching issues which inter-connect with migration and mobility.
This conference will review changes in GB internal migration over the past two decades, and look towards our future research and teaching agendas.
Full details of the conference programme can be found on the conference website here:
To register for the conference, please follow the link:
To submit academic enquiries about the conference, please contact one of the organisers:
Dr Darren P. Smith (Chair of PopGRG): D.P.Smith@lboro.ac.uk
Dr Nissa Finney (Secretary of PopGRG): nissa.finney@manchester.ac.uk
Dr Keith Halfacree (Membership Officer of PopGRG): K.H.Halfacree@swansea.ac.uk
Professor Nigel Walford (Treasurer of PopGRG): nwalford@kingston.ac.uk
If you are a Postgraduate Research Student and would like more information about the conference, please contact Stacey Balsdon (Secretary of PG Forum of RGS-IBG): S.L.Balsdon@lboro.ac.uk

Call for papers Economic Geography Postgraduate Conference

Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG) of the RGS-IBG
Postgraduate Conference 
Wednesday 28th November 2012
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
We welcome papers from research students on any aspect of economic geography for this annual EGRG Postgraduate Conference to be held at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University.  This one-day event will take place the day before the EGRG Annual Symposium (for which there is a separate registration if you wish to attend).
Please send your proposed title and your organisational affiliation to Alex Hughes (Alex.Hughes@ncl.ac.uk) no later than 14th NOVEMBER. A short abstract (of no more than 250 words) would be welcome, but is not necessary.

‘Britain On The Move’ conference at RGS-IBG: Call for volunteers

The Population Geography Research Group (PopGRG) of the RGS-IBG (PopGRG) will be organising a two-day conference: ‘Britain On The Move’: Migration And Mobility Processes And Patterns In The 21st Century’.

The conference will take place at the Headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), London, 17-18 December 2012.

The conference will include 9 sessions (each with presentations from 3 leading scholars in the field) on: i) Lifecourse/family and Migration; ii) Education and Migration; iii) Ethnicity/race and Migration; iv) Housing and Migration; v) Employment and Migration; vi) Health and Migration; vii) Lifestyle and Migration; viii) Performing migration, and; ix) Ageing and Migration.

The PopGRG have obtained funding from the RGS-IBG Research Groups Grant competition to provide travel bursaries of £150 each to attend the conference.  If you obtain a travel bursary your registration costs will be waived by the conference organisers.

We are seeking 9 volunteers to attend the conference.  As part of your attendance, you will be required to take brief notes at one of the sessions, and to feed back to facilitators of two teaching and learning workshops on ‘Teaching Migration’ at the conference, funded by GEES HEA. This will involve making notes of the key themes that could be taught at university.

This is a great opportunity to hear experts in these fields.

If you are interested in attending the conference and would like to obtain a travel bursary or for further information, please contact me via email at S.L.Balsdon@lboro.ac.uk.

Kind regards,

Stacey Balsdon

Secretary of the Postgraduate Forum Research Group

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference

This is a call for papers for the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference

The conference will be hosted on the 25th and 26th March 2013, in the School of Geography, University of Birmingham. We are delighted to announce that Professor Alice Roberts (Professor of Public Engagement in Science and presenter of BBC2’s Coast and the Incredible Human Journey) will be this years’ key note speaker.

The theme of the conference is ‘Geographical Transitions’. This theme is designed to appeal to postgraduates at any stage of their degree working in or on geographical themes, from both the physical and human domains of geography, and to all related disciplines. The aim of the conference is to provide a welcoming, relaxed and supportive environment for postgraduates to present any aspect of their research to their peers. Papers with any theme on any topic within geography or a related discipline are therefore invited. Papers could consider:

  • How postgraduate research is forging new ground in geographical knowledge;
  • How challenges within contemporary society are transforming the discipline and postgraduate research;
  • How postgraduates are developing new and innovative methodologies to meet these challenges;
  • How postgraduates are diversifying the ways in which their research has impact beyond the academy;
  • How postgraduates can learn from previous debates to equip our understandings of current and future geographies.

The conference will also deliver several interactive workshops covering a range of geographical topics as well as training in methodological approaches from the schools very own ‘Start2Finish’ research group.

For details on submitting an abstract for a paper or poster please download the Call for PapersThe deadline for paper and poster abstract submissions is 12pm 4th January 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

RGS-IBG PG Mid Term Conference 2013 Organising Committee

Mobile Urbanisms Conference: 29-30th Nov 2012

The RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group is holding a 2-day conference at King’s College London at the end of November on the topic of ‘Mobile Urbanisms’.

The conference will focus on the mobile, circulatory and fluid characteristics of cities and urbanisation. The conference seeks to explore how urban spaces and places are produced, reproduced and contested by travelling policies, investment, architectural forms, aesthetic cultures and social norms. It will consider the range of flows, networks, modes and practices of people migrating and moving between and within cities.

Papers and suggestions for the conference are welcomed from researchers at any stage of their careers. We are also planning a session of shorter 4 min presentations if you would like an opportunity to share your research and research interests to the conference.

The deadline for 200 word abstracts for full paper presentations is Friday 21 September 2012, and the registration deadline is 5pm, Friday 26 October 2012. Conference fees are £75 waged, £35 student/unwaged.

For more information see the conference website.