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Call for Publications
December 1, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
Sociology, Geography, Human Rights, Public Policy, Social History / Studies


Syracuse University


Place: Virtual (USA, Sweden, Italy, UK)

Dates: 01-03 December, 2021

Abstracts: 25 June, 2021 (Round One)   |   05 Nov, 2021 (Round Two)



Among other correlates, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the social, economic, cultural, and political impacts threatening the lives around the globe. While still standing in amid way, this part of the conference initiates conversations related to the spatial impacts of COVID-19 concerning inequities in racial minorities, immigrants, women, poor, elderly, children, disabled, and homeless. While the fear of infection has added various levels of protective layers in the built-environment as a defense system to the virus, we could use this opportunity to make a positive transformation for future crises as well as alleviating current built-environmental concerns.

Our relationship to outdoor spaces such as streets, parks, public open spaces has changed since COVID 19 pandemic. To limit the spread of the virus, lockdowns and stay home measures were enforced reducing both physical and social connection to the outside world. Over the years, we have witnessed the positive impacts of parks, green areas, and playgrounds contributing to reducing mental health and wellness, supporting children’s development, and creating a social network or support systems within the communities. With the research indicating that the virus is less likely to transmit in the outdoor setting, the focuses of the built-environmental design have shifted to the innovative outdoor spaces.

In this conference, we discuss how the public health professionals, urban designers, architects, policymakers respond to the short, medium, and long-term strategies to maintain accessibility, flexibility, design, maintenance, and connectivity, and equitable contribution of such space would transform. Areas of interest include:

Public Space Inequities in racial minorities, immigrants, women, poor, elderly, children, disabled, and homeless | Green Space Planning | Neighbourhood Connectivity | Outdoor workspaces | Outdoor learning | Access to Women only Spaces | Sustainable Resilience to future crises.


DISCIPLINES: Architecture | Urban Design | Landscape design | Public Health | Mental Health | Sociology | Environmental Psychology

PUBLISHERS: Routledge | UCL Press | Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Vernon Press | Libri Publishing

ORGANISERS: Syracuse University (USA), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Northumbria University (UK), Italian Society for the Sociology of Health (Italy)



FORMATS: Zoom, Lightning talks, Written papers, Pre-recorded presentations

Pre-recorded presentations will be available on the AMPS academic YouTube Channel:


The conference is organized as part of the ENVIRONMENTS BY DESIGN: HEALTH, WELLBEING AND PLACE initiative by an international network of universities and health groups, in particular Syracuse University (USA), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Northumbria University (UK), and the Italian Society for the Sociology of Health (Italy). The event is hosted by the interdisciplinary research group AMPS.


Full conference call:

Contact Info: 

Seyeon Lee, Louise Manfredi, Emily Stokes-Rees, Marcelle Haddix, Erica Brady, Cindee Hogan

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