Profile: David Conradson

Dr. David Conradson, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Southampton, UK. David s research interests include social welfare provision, voluntary organisations, therapeutic environments and psychosocial wellbeing.

David Conradson studied human geography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, before moving to the UK to complete a PhD at the University of Bristol. He is currently employed at the University of Southampton, in southern England. David s health-related research falls into three broad areas. The first is changing landscapes of welfare provision in industrialised countries, with a current project examining residential aged care facilities in New Zealand. The second concerns the complex intersections between subjectivity and space, with a particular interest in therapeutic settings and environments. Work here is presently examining the growing popular engagement in Britain with self-designated places of retreat. A third interest is psychosocial wellbeing, and the potential of ecological and relational styles of thought for informing geographical investigations in this area. David s work has been published in periodicals such as Environment and Planning A, Social and Cultural Geography, Health and Place, Mobilities, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He has co-edited a collection entitled Landscapes of Voluntarism (Policy Press, 2006), and has chapters in the volumes Emotional Geographies (Ashgate, 2005), Therapeutic Landscapes (Ashgate, 2008), and Primary Health Care: People, Practice, Place (Ashgate, 2009). David may be contacted at

Updated: January 2009