Spaces and Health

Spaces and Health

Presentation

Since 2005, research has been carried out in health geography at UMR ESPACE, more specifically on the links between environment and health, which are more topical than ever. We wish to capitalize on the knowledge acquired to now move towards theorization in health geography (theoretical and quantitative geography). The Spaces & Health axis works on the elements of space that contribute to producing pathogenic spaces. The operational concept of eXpace (abbreviation of exposome and space) is used to measure the ability of various geographical spaces to influence the state of health of their populations. All of these characteristics should give a quantifiable pathogenic geopotential via metrology, geomatics, AI (Bayesian networks), and even metabolomics. At present, we are unable to characterize spaces from a health point of view. Tomorrow, we will be able to think in terms of the potential of a space to impact health. Broadly speaking, we measure the level of pollution in a given space and we relate it to the health, for example respiratory diseases, of the individuals who live there. With this notion of potential, we will start from a space, and thence quickly deduce a pathogenic potential using a methodology that is being developed by the members of the group. We hope the work carried out within this Spaces & Health axis will be adopted by researchers to define other eXpaces, which could for example be strongly impacted by climate change or natural disasters. It will be interesting to combine these different key aspects in order to target the areas in which prevention must be a priority, in a context of optimization and efficiency.

Co-leaders

Sandra PEREZ, Régis DARQUES