Themes in British health geography at the end of the century: a review of published research 1998-2000

Soc Sci Med. 2002 Jul;55(1):167-73. doi: 10.1016/s0277-9536(01)00211-8.


This paper provides a succinct overview of some recent trends in geography of health in Britain since 1998. We consider how the research we have reviewed illuminates the relationships between geographies of health and three fundamental processes which are widely recognized as being important for contemporary human geography as a whole: globalization, urbanization and polarization. We also consider the contribution of health geography to agendas in cultural geography agenda which we refer to here as 'geographies of imagination'. These perspectives all relate to dynamic and diverse processes operating in Britain and throughout the world. We explore how health geography is responding to change, and what the agenda for future research will be. By considering these themes, we also seek to show how the geography of health is contributing to a wider discourse, shared to some extent in human geography as a whole, and we discuss the themes which are likely to feature in the future health geography research agenda.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Health*
  • Geography / trends*
  • Global Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Social Environment*
  • Topography, Medical / trends
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Urbanization