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Qualitative, Arts and Humanities Health and Wellbeing Geographies: Bridging Methodological and Practical Divides

Type: Paper
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Julia McQuoid
Chairs: Sheryl-Ann Simpson


Geographies of health and wellbeing are increasingly engaging with a rich set of methodologies and methods that blend and bleed between the qualitative, interpretive, digital, arts and humanities (de Leeuw et al. 2017; Varickanickal et al. 2019; McQuoid et al. 2018). At the same time there is still a divide between the topics of research engaged by quantitative and qualitative geographies (Rosenberg 2016), and a resistance within health circles broadly to fully embrace the practices and understandings engendered through research approaches that are ‘unscripted’, embodied, narrative, community and political (Tan 2012; Greenhalgh 2018; Richmond 2018). This session seeks to bring together research that is bridging methodological divides and making connections between research and communities through qualitative and mixed methods health and wellbeing geographies.

We invite papers that employ qualitative, mixed, interpretive, arts and/or humanities methods to engage with empirical questions related to health and/or wellbeing. We also invite theoretical interventions, critical reviews and synthesis, and narratives and reflections around the role of emotion and affect in this work, the possibilities and challenges of collaboration, and the potential for this work and research to contribute to greater health equity (see for example Ross 2011; Waldron 2018).

Works cited:

Greenhalgh, Trisha. 2018. What have the social sciences ever done for equity in health policy and health systems?, International Journal for Equity in Health 17:124.

de Leeuw, Sarah, Margot W. Parkes, Vanessa Sloan Morgan, Julia Christensen, Nicole Lindsay, Kendra Mitchell-Foster and Julia Russell Jozkow. 2017. Going unscripted: A call to critically engage storytelling methods and methodologies in geography and the medical-health sciences, The Canadian Geographer / Le Ge ographe canadien, 61(2): 152–164, DOI: 10.1111/cag.12337

McQuoid, Julia, Johannes Thrul, Pamela M. Ling. 2018. A geographically explicit ecological momentary assessment (GEMA) mixed method for understanding substance use, Social Science & Medicine, 202: 89-98.

Richmond, Chantelle. 2018. Try bravery for a change: Supporting Indigenous health training and development in Canadian universities, Aboriginal Policy Studies, 7(1):180-189.

Rosenberg, Mark. 2016. Health geography II: ‘Dividing’ health geography, Progress in Human Geography, 40(4):546–554.

Ross, Laurie. 2011. Sustaining youth participation in a long-term tobacco control initiative: Consideration of a social justice perspective. Youth and Society. 43(2): 681-704.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Carlo Chan*, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, The Gray New Deal: Rethinking Age-Friendliness from A Neo-Institutionalist Perspective 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Julia McQuoid*, , A Practice Theory Approach to Understanding Tobacco and Cannabis Product Use in Everyday Life 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Amber Pearson*, Michigan State University, Rachel Buxton, Carleton University, Claudia Allou, Michigan State University, George Wittmyer, Colorado State University, Kurt Fristrup, National Parks Service, Sound refuges? Can national parks protect human health through natural sounds? 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Sheryl-Ann Simpson*, Carleton University, Rural Heath and Household Water Adaptions in Response to Extreme Weather Events 15 12:00 AM

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