This volume provides a critical response to the COVID-19 pandemic showcasing the full range of issues and perspectives that the discipline of geography can expose and bring to the table, not only to this specific event, but to others like it that might occur in future. Comprised of almost 60 short (2500 word) easy to read chapters, the collection provides numerous theoretical, empirical and methodological entry points to understanding the ways in which space, place and other geographical phenomenon are implicated in the crisis.
Although falling under a health geography book series, the book explores the centrality and importance of a full range of biological, material, social, cultural, economic, urban, rural and other geographies. Hence the book bridges fields of study and sub-disciplines that are often regarded as separate worlds, demonstrating the potential for future collaboration and cross-disciplinary inquiry. Indeed book articulates a diverse but ultimately fulsome and multiscalar geographical approach to the major health challenge of our time, bringing different types of scholarship together with common purpose.
The intended audience ranges from senior undergraduate students and graduate students to professional academics in geography and a host of related disciplines. These scholars might be interested in COVID-19 specifically or in the book's broad disciplinary approach to infectious disease more generally. The book will also be helpful to policy-makers at various levels in formulating responses, and to general readers interested in learning about the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr. Gavin J. Andrews is a Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, and an Associate member of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at the same institution. He is a health geographer with wide-ranging empirical interests including in aging, holistic medicine, health care work, fitness cultures, health histories and arts. Much of his work is theoretical and considers the state-of-the-art of health geography. In recent years he has become interested in the potential of posthumanist and non-representational theories for conveying the vitality, immediacy and practice of health and wellbeing.
Dr. Valorie Crooks is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University (Canada). She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Much of her research examines the ethical, equity, and safety issues associated with transnational health care mobilities (e.g., medical tourism). Dr. Crooks is a Section Editor with the journal Globalization & Health and is Founding Editor of Springer's Global Perspectives on Health Geography book series.
Dr. Jamie Pearce is Professor of Health Geography at the University of Edinburgh, UK 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. Professor Pearce's research seeks to understand various social, political and environmental mechanisms operating at a range of geographical scales that establish and perpetuate spatial inequalities in health over the lifecourse. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Health and Place, and founding co- is Editor-in-Chief of the recently established journal Wellbeing, Space & Society.
Dr. Janey Messina is a jointly appointed Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford. She is also a Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Pandemic Genomics. She is a quantitative geographer by training, with a background in health geography and spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases. She has previously led spatial epidemiology research in Oxford's Department of Zoology, and served as secretariat to the Rockefeller Foundtion Economic Council on Planetary Health.
Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Spatial Epidemiology: Challenges and Methods in COVID-19 Research.- Chapter 3. Disease Ecology.- Chapter 4. COVID-19 and the Political Ecology of Global Food and Health Systems.- Chapter 5. Setting a Death Trap: International Political Economy, COVID-19 Responses, and the Plight of Central American Migrants.- Chapter 6. Emergent Global Pandemic Risks, Complex Systems, and Population Health.- Chapter 7. Eight Centuries of Epidemic and Pandemic Control.- Chapter 8. Humanism and Social Constructionism.- Chapter 9. Mapping the Post-Structural Geographies of COVID-19.- Chapter 10. Non-Representational Approaches to COVID-19.- Chapter 11. How to Have Theory in a Pandemic: A Critical Reflection on the Discourses of COVID-19.- Chapter 12. Health Service Capacities, Responses, and Practice.- Chapter 13. Informal Care: The Forgotten Frontlines of COVID-19.- Chapter 14. Resilience, Risk, and Policymaking.- Chapter 15. Managing Internationally Mobile Bodies in a World on Hold: Migration, Tourism, and Biological Citizenship in the Context of COVID-19.- Chapter 16. Mobility is Dead: Post-pandemic Planning as an Opportunity to Prioritize Sustainability and Accessibility.- Chapter 17. Media and Information in Times of Crisis: The Case of the COVID-19 Infodemic.- Chapter 18. The (Social Distanced) Circle of Family, Friends, and Allies: How COVID-19 is Re-shaping Social Capital and New Opportunities for Research .- Chapter 19. The Syndemic Pandemic: COVID-19 and Social Inequality.- Chapter 20. Maintaining Wellbeing During and After COVID-19.- Chapter 21. Pandemic Geographies of Physical Activity.- Chapter 22. Surveillance, Control, and Containment (Biopolitics).- Chapter 23. Contradictory and Compounding: The Social Implications of COVID-19.- Chapter 24. Geographical Metaphors in Everyday Life.- Chapter 25. Vaccine Geopolitics During COVID-19: How Pandemics Thicken Borders, Exacerbate Violence, and Deepen Existing Fault Lines.- Chapter 26. Geographies of Digital Storytelling: Care and Harm in a Pandemic.- Chapter 27. Animal Geographies in a Pandemic.- Chapter 28. Environment and COVID-19: Unpacking the Links.- Chapter 29. Home in the Context of COVID-19.- Chapter 30. Death, Devastation, and Failure in Long-term care: The Need for a Geographical Re-engagement with the Sector.- Chapter 31. Re-figuring Public Spaces?.- Chapter 32. Consumer Spaces.- Chapter 33. The Place, Labour, and Networks of Transportation during COVID-19.- Chapter 34. COVID-19: Pandemic on an Urban Planet.- Chapter 35. Geographies of the Rural and the COVID-19 Pandemic.- Chapter 36. Global Spaces: COVID-19 and the Reconfiguring of Global Health.- Chapter 37. Why Green and Blue Spaces Matter More than Ever.- Chapter 38. COVID-19 in the Developing World: Curse or Blessing?.- Chapter 39. Art Spaces.- Chapter 40. Practicing Self-determination to Protect Indigenous Health in COVID-19: Lessons for this Pandemic and Similar Futures.- Chapter 41. #thenewnormal and the Pathological: Rethinking Human-Virus Relations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.- Chapter 42. Older People.- Chapter 43. Children and Families.- Chapter 44. Race, Ethnicity, and COVID-19: The Persistence of Black-White Disparities in the United States.- Chapter 45. Understanding the Importance of Gender for COVID-19.- Chapter 46. People with Disabilities.- Chapter 47. Participatory Research by/for the Precariously Housed in a time of COVID-19.- Chapter 48. Mental-ill Health and Anxious Pandemic Geographies.- Chapter 49. COVID-19 and Health Professionals: Recommitting to a Global Health Agenda.- Chapter 50. Labor Geography, Racial Capitalism, and the Pandemic Portal.- Chapter 51. Geographies of (Domestic) Alcohol Consumption.- Chapter 52. Public Geographies in a Post-COVID-19 World.- Chapter 53. Textures of an Epidemic: On the Necessity of Qualitative Methods in Making Better Pandemic Futures.- Chapter 54. Counting COVID: quantitative geographical approaches to COVID-19.- Chapter 55.GIS and Spatial Representations: Challenges and Missteps.- Chapter 56. New Forms of Data, New Forms of Opportunities to Monitor and Tackle a Pandemic.- Chapter 57. Knowledge Translation and COVID-19.- Chapter 58. Examining Geographical Visualizations of COVID-19.