Navigating ‘riskscapes’: The experiences of international health care workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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Stephanie Gee, Morten Skovdal

This paper draws on interview data to examine how international health care workers navigated risk during the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It identifies the importance of place in risk perception, including how different spatial localities give rise to different feelings of threat or safety, some from the construction of physical boundaries, and others mediated through aspects of social relations, such as trust, communication and team dynamics. Referring to these spatial localities as ‘riskscapes’, the paper calls for greater recognition of the role of place in understanding risk perception, and how people navigate risk.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth & Place
Volume45
Pages (from-to)173-180
Number of pages8
ISSN1353-8292
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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