Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

International Voluntary Health Networks (IVHNs): a social-geographical framework

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Author(s)

Benet Reid, Nina Laurie, Matt Baillie Smith

School/Research organisations

Abstract

Trans-national medicine, historically associated with colonial politics, is now central to discourses of global health and development, thrust into mainstream media by catastrophic events (earthquakes, disease epidemics), and enshrined in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteer human-resource is an important contributor to international health-development work. International Voluntary Health Networks (IVHNs, that connect richer and poorer countries through healthcare) are situated at a meeting-point between geographies and sociologies of health. More fully developed social-geographic understandings will illuminate this area, currently dominated by instrumental health-professional perspectives. The challenge we address is to produce a geographically and sociologically-robust conceptual framework that appropriately recognises IVHNs’ potentials for valuable impacts, while also unlocking spaces of constructive critique. We examine the importance of the social in health geography, and geographical potentials in health sociology (focusing on professional knowledge construction, inequality and capital, and power), to highlight the mutual interests of these two fields in relation to IVHNs. We propose some socio-geographical theories of IVHNs that do not naturalise inequality, that understand health as a form of capital, prioritise explorations of power and ethical practice, and acknowledge the more-than-human properties of place. This sets an agenda for theoretically-supported empirical work on IVHNs.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
JournalHealth & Place
Volume50
Early online date2 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

    Research areas

  • Volunteering, Development, Global health, Socio-geographic theory, IVHNs

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Returning to sexual stigma: post-trafficking lives

    Richardson, D. & Laurie, N. D., 25 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Sociology. Early View

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Uses, cultural significance, and management of peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon: implications for conservation

    Schulz, C., Martín Brañas, M., Núñez Pérez, C., Del Aguila Villacorta, M., Laurie, N., Lawson, I. T. & Roucoux, K. H., Jul 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 235, p. 189-198 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. The Tayside AHSP: A qualitative evaluation and report

    Reid, B. & Gordon, L. J., 30 May 2019, University of St Andrews.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  4. Peatland and wetland ecosystems in Peruvian Amazonia: indigenous classifications and perspectives

    Schulz, C., Brañas, M. M., Núñez Pérez, C., Del Águila Villacorta, M., Laurie, N., Lawson, I. T. & Roucoux, K. H., 30 Apr 2019, In : Ecology and Society. 24, 2, 16 p., 12.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. South–South volunteering and development

    Baillie Smith, M., Laurie, N. & Griffiths, M., Jun 2018, In : Geographical Journal. 184, 2, p. 158-168

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Identification of the impact of crime on physical activity depends upon neighbourhood scale: multilevel evidence from 203,883 Australians

    Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. & Kolt, G. S., Jan 2015, In : Health & Place. 31, p. 120-123 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Blood, sex and trust: The limits of the population-based risk management paradigm

    Kesby, M. & Sothern, M. B., Mar 2014, In : Health & Place. 26, 1, p. 21-30 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Does the level of wealth inequality within an area influence the prevalence of depression among older people

    Marshall, A. D., Jivraj, S., Nazroo, J., Tampubolon, G. & Vanhoutte, B., 2014, In : Health & Place. 27, p. 194-204 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Geographies of the impact of retirement on health in the United Kingdom

    Marshall, A. D. & Norman, P., 2013, In : Health & Place. 20, p. 1-12 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Health & Place (Journal)

    Maria Clasina Stuttaford (Editor)
    2005 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  2. Health & Place (Journal)

    Maria Clasina Stuttaford (Editor)
    2002 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

ID: 251818958

Top