Second BSA conference on Society, Environment and Human Health

Friday 27 October 2017

University of Cardiff School of Social Sciences,Cardiff, UK

Keynote speaker: Dr Ben Wheeler (University of Exeter) will speak on:

‘Natural Environments, Health and Inequalities: Evidence and Policy.’

Registration now open: see below

We invite you to this day conference, which will explore current social research and theoretical perspectives upon the environment and health.

There are intricate interactions between the natural environment and human health and wellbeing.  This wide-ranging research area thus presents an important agenda for social analysis across the multi-disciplinary areas of environment and human health, and for public policy and activity.

Building on our successful conference in 2016, the second BSA conference on Society, Environment and Human Health will explore current social research and theory on this topic.  Papers include discussion of:

  • Social theories of environment and human health and/or wellbeing.
  • Climate change and human health.
  • Human rights, environment and health.
  • Experiences of environmental interactions with wellbeing.
Submissions for this event are now closed; a detailed event programme will be available here shortly

Full Programme

10.00 a.m.       Coffee and Welcome from the organisers

10.30 a.m.       Keynote: Dr Ben Wheeler

11.30 a.m.       Short papers: Living the anthropocene

  • Richard Compton: Prospecting the Anthropo(s)cene for health and illness.
  • Fiona Shirani: Smart Living: implications for health and wellbeing.
  • Jake Sallaway-Costello: Sustainable diets for a sustainable world; framing meat consumption as an issue of planetary health.
  • Cassandra Hanrahan: Re-imagining Social work and One Health through a non-anthropocentric, anti-oppressive lens.

1.00 p.m.         Lunch

2.00 p.m.         Short papers: The environment, climate change and wellbeing

  • Chris Yuill: Precarious solidarities – health, wellbeing and climate change in Xuan Thuy National Park, Vietnam.
  • Hannah Pitt: Waterways’ missing communities and hidden wellbeing benefits.
  • Sara MacBride-Stewart: 'But mostly it doesn't impact on the environment?'  Trail-running, wellbeing values and environmental disturbance.
  • Penny Newell, Francesca Pagni and Lucy Tutton: Mental health and wellbeing workshops for children and young people in high risk flooding areas.

3.30 p.m.         Plenary discussion

4.30 p.m.         Close

Register now for the conference:

BSA Members £25; Non-members £30; BSA Concessionary members and full-time students £15.

Register Online at


Call for Papers: Special Issue of Health


Deadline for papers: 15 January 2018

Date of publication: Jan/Feb 2019

This call for papers (CfP) for the special issue of the journal Health invites submissions of papers that explore social processes involving environment and human health.  Our objective is to produce an issue of the journal comprising research articles at the cutting edge of social analysis of the interactions between environment and human health. 

The interactions between the natural environment and human health increasingly have become the focus of social analyses and scrutiny, and are the subject of national and local policy initiatives around environmental protection and sustainable development.  Social research has shown how human health may be threatened by environmental factors, such as air or water pollution and by climate change impacts, such as flooding and heat waves.  Meanwhile, improvements in health threaten the environment through population growth, greater longevity of life, and health technology developments. 

Research further indicates how improving the environment can enhance human health, for instance through clean water and food security, while initiatives can also reduce the environmental impact of health care, such as preventing run-off from pharmaceutical production.  There has been increasing interest in ‘co-benefits’ associated with programmes designed to address environmental issues, for example, energy efficiency schemes having positive effects upon health.

Papers are invited that address one or more of the following:

  • Social theories of environment and human health and/or wellbeing.
  • Climate change and human health.
  • Human rights, environment and health.
  • Environment and public health
  • Public policy and/or governance on health and environment
  • Beyond human impacts: rethinking environmental health.

SubmissionPapers may be submitted electronically from 14 July 2017 until the deadline of 15 January 2018 to the Manuscript Central website at:  To submit your manuscript to the Special Issue, choose the title of the Special Issue from the Manuscript Type list in Step 1

Papers should be no more than 8000 words, including abstract and references, and will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard review process.  Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines published in Health and on the journal’s website:

Further Information

If you require further information about the call, please contact Nick J Fox

About the journal

Health is a broad ranging interdisciplinary journal related to health and the social sciences. Focusing on the changing place of health matters in modern society, the journal provides an international forum for original articles and review essays from around the world.  It offers the breadth of outlook required by sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and cultural theorists who are addressing problems that cross disciplinary boundaries.