Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Urban Vitality

Occupational Science Europe Conference 2019

Europe in Transition: Impact on Occupation and Health

Conference on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August 2019 in Amsterdam. Pre-conference on Thursday 29th August - Understanding the role of activities and occupations in transforming contemporary society

International trends are playing out in the European context in unique and dynamic ways. 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?
Published by  Faculty of Health 8 July 2019