The places of our daily life affect our health, well-being, and receipt of health care in complex ways. The connection between health and place has been acknowledged for centuries, and the contemporary discipline of health geography sets as its core mission to uncover and explicate all facets of this connection.
The Routledge Handbook of Health Geography features 52 chapters from leading international thinkers that collectively characterize the breadth and depth of current thinking on the healthâ€“place connection. It will be of interest to students seeking an introduction to health geography as well as multidisciplinary health scholars looking to explore the intersection between health and place. This book provides a coherent synthesis of scholarship in health geography as well as multidisciplinary insights into cutting-edge research. It explores the key concepts central to appreciating the ways in which place influences our health, from the micro-space of the body to the macro-scale of entire world regions, in order to articulate historical and contemporary aspects of this influence.
Valorie A. Crooks is a professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, in Canada. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She focuses on identifying ethical and equity issues associated with transnational health care mobilities.
Gavin J. Andrews is a professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, in Canada. His books include Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music (2014), Health Geographies: A Critical Introduction (2018), Geographical Gerontology (2018), and Non-Representational Theory and Health (2018).
Jamie Pearce is a professor of health geography at the University of Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom, where he is co-director of the Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH) and director of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Science. His research seeks to understand various social, political and environmental mechanisms in health and health-related behaviour.