Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Amsterdam Centre for Innovative Health Practice

Occupational Science Europe

Europe in transitions: impact on occupation and health

Europe in Transition: Impacts on Occupation and Health International trends are playing out in the European context in unique and dynamic ways. SAVE THE DATE: pre-conference meeting 29th of August 2019 + conference 30th and 31st of August 2019

Brexit,  increased  migration,  rising  nationalistic  values, polarization,  health  system  reforms  and  individualistic  governance  trends  are  all  influencing  how  Europe  positions  itself  on  the  global  arena. 

Health  inequalities  continue  to  exist  within  European  countries,  as  well  as  stark  employment,  income  and  health  inequalities  are  seen  between  Western,  Central,  and  Eastern  European  countries. 

Parallel  to  these  transitions  is  the  voice  of  the  European  citizens.  The  citizen  response  has  displayed  an  increase  in  bottom  up  initiatives,  displaying  solidarity  and  action  in  these  dynamic  times.    These  transitions  all  influence  dramatically  the  occupational  lives  and  health  of  communities,  groups  and  individuals  within  the  European  context.  

This  conference  will  explore  the  impact  these  global  transitions  have  on  the  occupational  lives  and  health  of  individuals,  groups  and  communities  in  Europe  and  will  pose  the  question:  What can  occupational  science  contribute  to  this  transitioning  context  and  the  challenges  and  possibilities  it  presents?    


  • Individual  in  transition:    the  individual  as  an  occupational  being  within the European  context  
  • Communities  in  transition:  citizens  and  communities  impact  by  and  responding  to  transitions  seen  in  Europe  today    
  • Occupational  Science  in  transition:  what  is  the  methodological  and  theoretical  response  required  by  Occupational  Science  in  the  dynamic  European  context  of  today?


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Published by  Faculty of Health 22 May 2018