CFP: AAG 2016: International Health

Session organizers: Kathryn Grace (University of Minnesota), Frank Davenport (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Harvey Miller (the Ohio State University)

While major strides have been made in improving access to health care and clean water for many of the poorest countries in the world, high rates of low birth weight, disease, malnutrition and child and maternal mortality persist. Recent advances in research of environmental correlates related to various health outcomes has revealed the importance of the local environmental context on micro-level experiences with clean drinking water, agricultural production, gender norms, sanitation and hygiene, pollution and many other topics. In this session we seek papers that focus on health outcomes of children, men and women in the developing world with attention to their physical environment.

We are especially interested in papers that examine how broad changes in the physical environment manifest at the household level and how household response to environmental change varies across time, regions, and ecological zones. Papers that focus on identifying causal factors and/or making spatially explicit forecasts using unique methodologies or datasets are also encouraged. Topics of interest include:

  • Water quality
  • Food and agricultural production
  • Climate change
  • Gender dynamics
  • Urbanization
  • Human dynamics and global health

This call is part of a broader group of topics within the Symposium on Human Dynamics, therefore topics related to Human Dynamics and various aspects of international health outcomes are also sought.

Potential participants should send an email including presentation title, 250-word abstract, name, and institutional affiliation (if any) to Kathryn Grace (katqgrace@gmail.com), Frank Davenport (frank.davenport@gmail.com ), and Harvey Miller (miller.81@osu.edu) by 5pm on Monday, October 12, 2015.

Please include all information in the body of the email and attached in a word document. Include your last name in the tittle of the document. We will confirm participation in this session by Friday, October 23.

CFP: AAG 2016: URBAN AGRICULTURE: Interdisciplinary perspectives

Urban agriculture has received enormous attention from scholars over the past forty years. The particularly dense configuration of multiple resource access routes, legal technicalities and input and output market opportunities found in the city means that urban and periurban agriculture (UPA) is worthy of attention from multiple disciplines. There has been examination of its technical complexities (Amadou et al. 2012; Drechsel and Keraita 2014) alongside its social and political context (CissĂ© et al. 2005; McClintock 2010). The importance of UPA to livelihood agendas is clear, in terms of its contribution to food security and sovereignty and income generation, but its potential impacts upon hygiene standards and pollution have also been questioned (Amoah et al. 2006) alongside its relation to social differentiation (Hoover 2013). It therefore acts as an entry point into an examination of urban environmental and social sustainability, and contemporary UPA research has much to say to policy. This dialogue is challenging: the definitions of ‘urban’ and ‘agri-culture’ are themselves in question, and the urban-rural continuum approach has been advocated to permit UPA studies to contribute to the conversation about urban sustainability (Forster and Escudero 2014). These links to multiple disciplinary concerns make UPA a particularly compelling subject for geographical scrutiny, and interdisciplinary attention has provided promising explorations of the themes outlined above (Aubry et al. 2012). We therefore invite contributions that demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to UPA or that emphasise the interactions between diverse elements of this complex and important system.

Please send a 250 word abstract to the primary organiser, Imogen Bellwood-Howard, UrbanFoodPlus project, Göttingen University, at ibellwoodh@gmail.com by 5th October 2015. We’ll review abstracts and inform participants by the 13th October. Participants should then register for the conference by 29th October in order to take part.