Connecting the dots: Cultivating a sustainable interdisciplinary discourse around migration, urbanisation, and health in Southern Africa

Jo Hunter-Adams, Tackson Makandwa, Stephen A. Matthews, Henrietta Nyamnjoh, Tolu Oni, Jo Vearey

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Abstract

This chapter describes our experiences in connecting a group of emerging Southern African scholars around the inherently interdisciplinary field of migration, urbanisation and health. South Africa, as with other countries in the region, is witnessing multiple simultaneous and interconnected transitions, – health, demographic, social, economic and political. Defining, measuring and better understanding the dynamics and complexities of these transitions is a fundamental step in the professionalizing of next-generation scholars in the area of migration, urbanisation and health. In this chapter we discuss themes, definitions and the process of forming group discourse at the nexus of migration, urbanisation and health. Driven by substantive questions derived from studies of the lived experiences of urban migrants in South Africa, specifically the intertwining of migration trajectories and health histories, a central goal of our collaborative endeavour was ‘to connect the dots’, – key concepts, data, measures and methods, – in order to identify common themes and research priorities that will facilitate the participation of next-generation scholars in developing innovative and new research agendas. We report on the themes that emerged from a 2015 workshop held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg that brought together senior and early-career scholars to discuss ways of engaging with migration, urbanisation and health in the Southern African context. We close with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges for early-career scholars in this field, identifying next steps to develop and sustain in-country capacity to influence both research and public policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Public Health
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages9-20
Number of pages12
Edition9783319776842
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Public Health
Number9783319776842
ISSN (Print)2192-3698
ISSN (Electronic)2192-3701

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Hunter-Adams, J., Makandwa, T., Matthews, S. A., Nyamnjoh, H., Oni, T., & Vearey, J. (2018). Connecting the dots: Cultivating a sustainable interdisciplinary discourse around migration, urbanisation, and health in Southern Africa. In SpringerBriefs in Public Health (9783319776842 ed., pp. 9-20). (SpringerBriefs in Public Health; No. 9783319776842). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77685-9_2