Thanks to everyone who joined us at the SDHI Research Showcase and Fair on 1 December 2014

We were pleased to see so many colleagues, students and friends join us at our recent Research Showcase and Fair in St Andrews. The event marked a cross-section of current and recent research and activities that SDHI affiliated researchers have been involved in and also created opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-university discussions. For 11 years SDHI has been working with NHS colleagues and NGOs and the business sector to generate high quality research of impact. The day also generated refreshed impetus to work across institutional and disciplinary boundaries in the future and to ‘connect to transform lives’ locally and globally in line with SDHI’s current strategy.

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CECHR Workshop – Social Dimensions of Environmental Change

CECHR is organising a workshop to take place on Thursday 24th April called ‘Social Dimensions of Environmental Change’ which has the aim of facilitating research collaborations across the University under the broad theme of ‘environmental and social sustainability’.

Responding to global environmental change requires research and input from the social sciences in addition to the natural sciences, ranging from education, to social work, politics, anthropology, economics, geography, law and many more. Social issues relating to environmental change are diverse, and include, for example, issues relating to policy, politics and participation, legislation and regulation, reforming institutions, socio-economic structures, social justice and inequality, personal and societal values, beliefs and worldviews. The University of Dundee, and especially with its new remit for transformation, is well placed to provide research expertise to inform these issues and to generate significant research impact. However, much of this expertise is located widely across the University. This event therefore aims to provide opportunities for those with diverse expertise in understanding human social systems to network and explore collaboration in relation to environmental and social sustainability. The facilitated workshop will also include identification of potential joint research projects. The workshop will primarily involve participation and facilitated discussion.

Further details can be found here

If you would like to attend please register by emailing Louise Henderson (cechr

Phil Hanlon presents ‘Afternow’ Project

The Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) team host a seminar with Professor Phil Hanlon, Public Health at the University of Glasgow on his ‘Afternow‘ project on Thursday the 13th of February 2014 at 4pm in the Dalhousie Building (3G02 LT1).  More information can be found on the website

Please register at for the event

Towards interdisciplinary innovation in the design of urban care spaces

An interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners came together on invitation of SDHI and the Geddes Institute of Urban Research at the University of Dundee to discuss the future of care space design in urban environments. The group consisted of architects, town planners, geographers, psychologist, artists, occupational therapists, computing specialists and nurses. As demographics are changing towards an increasingly aging population who predominantly live in single households there has also been a reduction in care home places and a move towards providing personal and health care in people’s home environments. At the symposium implications of these developments on the design of homes, services and age-friendly cities was examined. The role of urban greenspaces and technology was highlighted as much as the need to engage communities in planning efforts. Communication is essential and planers need to be cognisant of people traditionally left out of planning efforts (e.g. People with communication disabilities or learning disabilities). Also it is important to consider how different individuals and population groups experince and perceive their environment. The importance of links between home, hospital and community environments was highlighted and the need to assist ‘vulnerable’ citizens with the navigation of complex communities and services. We will provide further summaries and updates of this event soon.

SDHI @ APHA San Francisco Impressions

Maybe, it is the jetlag but as the first full conference day in San Francisco winds down I cannot help but think of the huge contradictions, the contrast between aspiration and living that I have seen after just a few hours in town. The largest gathering of public health professionals in the world with an expected 13,000 delegates with their shiny name badges on the one side, who are well shielded inside an enormous convention centre and multiple satellite hotels, well meaning and effortful; and the streets around Union Square and Market Street with all the glittering high end brand names with countless nameless people scattered in front of them who desperately clutch the paper cup that rattles with a few dimes and perhaps even quarters, not seeming to know what the next day will bring. Ingeniously, one street musician used empty plastic buckets and bottles to create something unique and captivating in the absence of ‘standard instruments’ while just a couple of blocks away a busy Jazz restaurant attracts a more affluent crowd, Memorable to me, the young man in his standard issue wheelchair, too unwieldy and large to be practical and a far cry from modern sports wheelchairs, who sought shelter in an entrance way to a shop. The number of blankets around him suggested that he would spend the night there. 

A country so large, so affluent still arguing about the benefits of universal health care coverage, with the highest health care expenditures in the world and with poorer health outcomes than far less wealthier nations. The presential election is less than a couple of weeks away. But who will vote? Who will make use of the vote?
This afternoon at the poster session, where the employment experiences after cancer study (Wells et al.) – which had involved several SDHI team members – was presented a lot of the discussion focussed on how employers can make adjustments in the workplace, especially when they perceive fundamental economic pressures themselves. 
More impressions from the sessions tomorrow, including Twitter.
Oh, and for the record, the San Francisco Giants have just won the World Series title beating the Detroit Tigers. 

SDHI at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference and Expo in San Francisco

Several SDHI researchers from Dundee and St Andrews will be heading to San Franciso shortly to present research findings at this year’s Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association. It is the largest global gathering of public health experts, researchers, practitioners and advocates with an expected 13,000 delegates. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to showcase state-of-the science research but also a venue for networking and development of research collaborations. ;

SDHI will be reporting from the event via Twitter using #APHA and #SDHIAPHA and on this blog. So, stay tuned for more.