Call for Papers

Special Issue on Mobility, Health, and Place

intended for submission to "Health & Place"

Journal of the Special Issue

Health & Place (ISSN: 1353-8292)

  • Impact Factor (2018): 3.202
  • 5-Year Impact Factor (2018): 3.625


Researchers have advanced the study of neighborhoods and health through the development of population surveys, novel wearable sensor protocols, and algorithmic/computing technologies, emerging (big and open) data sources, and new conceptual perspectives on people-place interactions. New opportunities emerge as we are able to observe and model the links between mobility, health, and place at multiple spatial and temporal scales and with very fine granularity (e.g., focusing on individual people during their daily schedules).

We invite original research including quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches, literature reviews, and opinion papers that aim at disentangling the links between mobility, place and health. Papers intended for the special issue are expected to advance theories, data collection strategies, analytical methods, and/or applications that bring together different disciplines to examine topics within mobility, health, and place and identify trends and challenges within this domain. We expect mobility, health, and place to be of interest to many disciplines, including GIScience, geography, public health, epidemiology, psychology, sports science, sociology, social medicine, data science, regional science, transportation, and urban planning. We welcome submissions from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams.

Appropriate topics intended for the special issue to propose to Health & Place include (but are not limited to):

  • Sensor data analytics for health applications;
  • Ambulatory assessment and real-life sensing of movement data;
  • Exposure monitoring;
  • Real-time mobility analytics;
  • mHealth in geospatial contexts;
  • Crowdsourcing geospatial health data;
  • Spatial patterns and geographic dimensions of physical and mental health and disease;
  • Accessibility issues in healthcare provision and use;
  • Methodological concerns in geospatial health research;
  • Data gaps in emerging geospatial health data and solutions to fill the gaps;
  • Privacy issues related to geospatial health data;
  • Physical activity in geospatial contexts;
  • Causal inference on interactions between mobility, health, and place;
  • Sampling, selection, and/or representation biases in geospatial health data collection and processing.

Although independent from it, this special issue is associated with MoHeaP 2020, an international workshop on Mobility, Health, and Place that will be hosted at the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland on June 22-24, 2020. More information on the workshop is available here [link].

Submission procedure

Interested authors should notify the organizers of their intention to submit a paper contribution by sending the title and an abstract with up to 400 words to Eun-Kyeong Kim ( by March 2, 2020. Based on the expression of interest, the content for a special issue will be submitted to the editorial board of Health & Place for their preliminary evaluation, as already discussed with the Editors.

The deadline for full paper submissions will be September 30, 2020. All manuscripts will be subject to the normal Health & Place review process. For author instructions, please refer to "Guide for authors" at the Health & Place journal homepage. All manuscripts, including support materials, will have to be submitted using the journal's online website (Health & Place). Please select “Full Length Article” in the “Article Type” step in the submission process and indicate this special issue as the target issue. First-time users of the Elsevier website must register themselves as an Author. For questions, please contact Eun-Kyeong Kim (

Important target dates for the special issue

  • Submit abstracts to Eun-Kyeong Kim ( March 2, 2020
  • Submission by the organizers of a proposed table of content of the special issue to Health & Place: March 10, 2020
  • Invite full paper submissions (no guarantee for final acceptance): March 15, 2020
  • Submit full manuscripts to the Health & Place online website and inform the organizers that the submission has been made: September 30, 2020. A final decision is then made by the journal on submitted articles and on the overall special issue.
  • The timeline above is indicative.

Special Issue Organizers

  • Eun-Kyeong Kim, URPP “DynAge” & Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Camille Perchoux, Luxemburg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxemburg
  • Lindsey Conrow, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Christina Röcke, University Research Priority Program (URPP) “Dynamics of Healthy Aging (DynAge)”, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Basile Chaix, INSERM, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Robert Weibel, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland