Event: One-day symposium: Health and Inequalities in an Era of Crises

Date
13 Jun 2019, 09:30–16:30
Venue
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP
Rates

Free

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This one-day symposium will explore the implications for health and inequalities in an ‘era of crises’.

About this Event

The past decade has seen widespread political and social upheaval, with the global economic recession heralding a period of austerity, heightened tensions over immigration, and the rise of right-wing populism in many countries. These changes highlight the complex relationship between inequalities, social cohesion and the political economy of health. This one-day symposium will explore the implications for health and inequalities in an ‘era of crises’. The following questions (among others) will be discussed:

• What are the implications of the changing political landscape for social cohesion, inequalities and health?

• Are changing labour market patterns affecting mental health, and are some communities more vulnerable to these changes than others?

• How is the rise of populism linked with representations of social identity and community?

• To what extent does the concept of social capital help us understand the relationship between macro-social changes, inequalities and health?

The symposium will include both international and UK speakers, and is open to researchers, policymakers and advocates.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Kate Pickett (York and co-author of the ‘Spirit Level’)

Professor Ichiro Kawachi (Harvard)

Dr Ben Hawkins (LSHTM)

Professor Jamie Pearce (Edinburgh)

Dr Gerry McCartney (NHS Scotland)

The event has been co-organised by the Centre for Research on Environment, Society & Health (Jamie Pearce), the Global Health Policy Unit (Sarah Hill) at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science – Doctoral Training Partnership.