Keynote Speakers

David ConradsonDavid Conradson

David Conradson is an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He studied human geography at the University of Canterbury before moving to the UK to complete a PhD at the University of Bristol. David’s research interests include social welfare provision, voluntary organisations, therapeutic environments and psychosocial wellbeing. His work has been published in periodicals such as Environment and Planning A, Social and Cultural Geography, Health and Place, Mobilities, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Gavin AndrewsGavin Andrews

Gavin J. Andrews works in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, Canada. He has an undergraduate degree in geography from Lampeter University, and a PhD in geography from the University of Nottingham. His empirical interests include aging, holistic medicine, health care work, fitness, health histories, and popular music. Much of his work is positional and considers the development and progress of health geography. In recent years he has become interested in the potential of posthumanist and non-representational theory in conveying the processual nature and immediacy of health and wellbeing.

Susan ElliotSusan Elliot

Susan is a medical geographer with particular interests in global environmental health. She is an Adjunct Professor with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), a partner in much of the global water and sanitation research that she undertakes. She is also a research lead for the AllerGen national centres of excellence on gene-environment interactions and allergic disease.



Philippe ApparicioPhilippe Apparicio

Philippe Apparicio, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Equity and the City, is a professor at INRS Urbanisation Culture et Société (University of Québec). He is also director of the Environmental Equity Laboratory (  His research areas include environmental justice, air pollution, noise, GIS, spatial analysis and Web cartography. His team is currently working on a project about cyclists' exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise in several cities around the world.



Suzanne MavoaSuzanne Mavoa

Suzanne Mavoa is a Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research focuses on environments (natural and built)  and health. In January 2017 she commenced an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship investigating the associations between urban nature and cardio-vascular disease risk. Suzanne's research also develops new and improved geospatial methods in health research, especially around remote sensing technologies, GPS, accessibility measures, and improved assessment of exposure to the environment.


Anneka AndersonAnneka Anderson

Anneka Anderson (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe), is a medical anthropologist who works as a senior lecturer in Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (Department of Māori health) at the University of Auckland. Anneka’s research is centred around Māori experiences of inequities with a particular focus on whānau (family)-centred approaches to health. Anneka’s research operates within kaupapa Māori theoretical frameworks and qualitative, ethnographic and participatory methods. The focal points of her work have been around rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease and tuberculosis.