Category Archives: Talk

Seminar for Anthropology of Health at Durham


Durham Cathedral from the River Wear on the way back to the train station.

Last week, I gave a talk to the Anthropology of Health Research Group at Durham University on theories of practice and public health.

The beginning of the talk was based on our article in Critical Public Health, tracing some ideas from The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012) and using the example of smoking. Then I extended some of these arguments to talk about the temporal organisation and material arrangements that have underpinned changing ways of eating in the UK over the last 50 years. The slides from my talk are here.

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A great lunch with students in the Physical Activity Lab. Photo from Ben Kasstan @kasstanb

It was great to meet the community of PhD students in the Physical Activity Lab, to find out about all their interesting, and to discuss the significance of shifting research in health towards social practices.


Environment and Human Health – Social Perspectives

Picture1Yesterday I presented at the BSA Climate Change, Environment & Health and London Medical Sociology Study Groups, one day workshop on ‘Environment and Human Health – Social Perspectives’ at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

There were a number of really interesting presentations and some good discussions about linking research and issues on environmental sustainability and public health.

If you are interested in these themes you can connect with the BSA Special Interest Group on Environment and Health, to join the discussion and keep up to date with future events.