John Eyles
John Eyles
Professor Emeritus
General Science Building, Rm 217
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23152
(905) 546-0463

Dr. John Eyles is a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster. After receiving his PhD in Science and working in the University of London, he came to McMaster in 1988. Based in Geography and Earth Sciences, he holds appointments in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sociology and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy analysis. His main research interests lie in environmental influences on human health and access to health care resources. He has published widely in these areas. He has served on several advisory committees at the local, provincial and national levels, primarily with the role of science in public policy. He has recently begun (again) working internationally in South Africa and India.

Health: (a) lay conceptions and definitions of health and illness, (b) comparative analysis of health care definitions and delivery, (c) resource allocation mechanisms in health and welfare policy, (d) needs-based planning, (e) social indicators and health status measurement, (f) public participation in health care decision-making, (g) environmental health.

The geography of everyday life: (a) social relations and the nature of everyday life in localities, (b) the importance of place in everyday life, (c) the relationships between everyday life and structural constraints, (d) the nature of community, (e) risk perceptions, management and assessments.

Comparative analyses of the structures of societies with respect to uses and definitions of space, environment, health care and spatio-social organization.

Social and spatial characteristics of social and environmental policy and urban planning.

Evaluation of health care systems and programs; utilization of evidence-based decision-making frameworks in health and environmental settings. Science policy: the role of science and other factors in health and environment settings.

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Harris B, Eyles J , Penn-Kekana L, Thomas L and Goudge J 2014 Adverse or acceptable: negotiating access to a post-apartheid health care contract Globalization and Health 2014, 10:35 doi:10.1186/1744-8603-10-35

Eyles, J , Lee O, Birch S 2014 Stigma and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: exploring respect and treatment adherence, International Journal of Tropic Disease and Health 4, 311-329

Harris, B., Eyles, J, Penn-Kekana, L., Fried, J., Nyathela, H., Thomas, L., and Goudge, J. 2014. Bringing justice to unacceptable health care services? Street-level reflections from urban South Africa. International Journal of Transitional Justice. 8, 141-161

Heddle N M, Lane S J, Sholapur N, Arnold E, Newbold B, Eyles J , Webert K 2014 Implementation and public acceptability: lessons from food irradiation and how they might apply to pathogen reduction in blood products Vox Sanguinis. 02/2014; DOI:10.1111/vox.12135

Eyles, J. Fried, J and Eyles, EC. 2013 Redacted in Nebraska: the noises of conspiracy around nuclear power problems, GeoJournal DOI 10.1007/s10708-013-9496-8

Edge, S and Eyles, J. 2013 The socio-spatial (re)configuration of legitimacy, knowledge, and practice in chemical risk governance: integrating boundary-work and scale-frame analytics, Environmental Politics

Fried,J., Sunderjib,A., Birch, S. and Eyles, J 2013 The reason that I did not go - determinants of the use of antenatal care services in South Africa, two decades after the end of apartheid, Canadian Journal of African Studies 47, 27-50

Edge, S. and Eyles,J . 2013 Message in a bottle: claims disputes and the reconciliation of
precaution and weight-of-evidence in the regulation of risks from
Bisphenol A in Canada, Health, Risk & Society,

Eyles, J. , Edge, S. Eyles E. 2013 Metaphor and environmental health discourse in Canada's Chemical Management Plan: Hegemonic closures around chemical exposure, Social Space 2 (1) (30 pages) online:,%20S.Edge,%20E.Eyles%20-%20Metaphor.pdf

Fisher KA, Newbold KB, Eyles JD , Elliott SJ.2013 Physical health in a Canadian Old Order Mennonite community. Rural and Remote Health 13: 2252. (Online). Available:

Fisher, KA, Newbold KB, Eyles JD , Elliott SJ 2013 Mental health in a Canadian Old Order Mennonite community, Health 5, (3A), 538-556

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