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CALL FOR PAPERS: Environmental Justice Research – Contemporary Issues and Emerging Topics

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group is pleased to announce our co-sponsor of the Environment Justice session at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.  We would like to thank the leaders of this specialty group for inviting us to participate in their very relevant paper session!


2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
April 8-12, Tampa, Florida

This session will be co-sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, and the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group.

Jayajit Chakraborty, University of South Florida,
Timothy Collins, University of Texas at El Paso,
Sara Grineski, University of Texas at El Paso,

Description: Environmental Justice (EJ) research seeks to document and address the disproportionate environmental health and risk burdens borne by racial/ethnic minorities and individuals of lower socioeconomic status. Although its initial focus was on environmental hazards and pollution, the scope of EJ research has now expanded to encompass everything that is unsustainable about the world, including rampant industrialization, resource depletion, energy use, consumption patterns, food systems, and inequitable public policies that adversely affect minority, indigenous, and low-income communities, other vulnerable groups such as immigrants and people with disabilities, and future generations. In a context of intensifying social and environmental inequalities, there is a growing need to further strengthen this research framework and continue diversifying its themes.

This paper session intends to provide a forum for conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical scholarship on EJ. We welcome qualitative and quantitative case studies, reviews of the literature, critical evaluations of methods and tools, comparative analyses, and discussions of future research needs that focus on any aspect of EJ. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following EJ issues:

  •  technological hazards and risks, such as air pollution, hazardous waste, and        undesirable land uses;
  •  natural disasters and hazards, such as hurricanes and floods;
  •  adverse health outcomes, such as cancer and respiratory illnesses;
  •  environmental amenities, such as parks, playgrounds, and street trees;
  •  environmental laws, regulations, and policies;
  •  access to affordable and nutritious food;
  •  climate change; and
  •  transportation systems and policies.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to any one of the session organizers by November 18, 2013. Accepted submissions will be contacted by November 26, 2013, and expected to register and submit their abstracts online at the AAG website by December 3, 2013.

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013

Sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

Description     The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) encourages current single authored student papers on medical-health geography. Papers are invited from any medical-health, disability and/or health systems related topic. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. Papers will be judged by the HMGSG Awards Committee on several criteria: originality, scholarship, organization, appropriate use of methodology, and written composition. A $100 prize will be awarded in each of two categories: 1) undergraduate students, and 2) graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral).

Eligibility     The competition is open to undergraduate, masters, and Doctoral level students. Single-authored papers completed in the 24 months prior to the submission deadline are eligible, provided that they have not been previously considered for the competition. Membership in the Association of American Geographers is required, but membership in the HMGSG is not.

Submission & Review      The timeline for the competition is as follows:

1 November 2013  An extended abstract (500-word limit) of your paper is due.  
15 December 2013  The Awards Committee will review all extended abstracts and select up to 5 papers per category (undergrad, grad) for submission of full papers.  You will receive notification about the Awards Committee decision by this date.
1 February 2014  Your full paper must be electronically submitted to the paper coordinator (below).
1 April  2014  Winner(s) will be notified during the month of April.  Winners will be publicly announced at the HMGSG business meeting and at the AAG Award Luncheon.   They will receive a ticket to the Luncheon and a monetary prize of $100. Results of the competition will be also be published on the HMGSG website.


Requirements     The final, full paper must be written by a single author, include a 500-word abstract, and be no longer than 5,000 words (excluding tables, references, and captions). Authors are also encouraged to submit the names of at least 2 possible reviewers who are not affiliated with the research.  Ensure that the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research are clearly stated in the abstract. The body of the paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and one-inch margins. Remove any identifying information (e.g. name). References should be in AAG style. Submit the paper as a single PDF file with all figures and tables included in the document. Submission of the extended abstract and final paper will be done electronically as an email attachment to the Paper Coordinator (contact information below). Include the following information in the body of the email message: Your full name, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, department and university affiliation, name of advisor or mentor, and title of the paper.  Please put “HMGSG Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.

Email Chris Hartmann for more information. hartmann.67(at)