Following symposia at the 2012 and 2013 Medical Sociology conferences, the BSA Environment and Health special interest group launched in 2015.
The importance of environmental issues for human health and relevant services will undoubtedly grow. This group provides a vital setting in which medical sociologists can extend their knowledge and skills in order to identify, explore and respond practically to these. Its overall aim is to enable our sociological specialism to respond effectively and in distinctive ways to emerging topics, thereby contributing to academic dialogue, and informing public debate and action.
The group had the following objectives:
- To foster sociological exploration of the conflicts and congruities between human health and the global environment.
- To provide a forum to consider how we may engage with academic research on environment and health, and with non-academic events, including the 2016 International Climate Change Treaty signing.
- To plan contributions to future BSA annual and medical sociology conferences, regional BSA meetings and free-standing events, and to collaborate with other relevant BSA study groups (e.g. Climate Change study group, Animal/Human study group).
We ran a successful conference in 2016 and are curently preparing for the next conference in October 2017 (see 'Events' page).
We will meet as a group at the 2017 Medical Sociology conference, to update our objectives and plan future activivties. See you there!
Nick, Richard and Sara