Where ecosystems, people and health meet:

academic traditions and emerging fields for research and practice

Authors

  • Jordan S. Oestreicher Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília (CDS/UnB), Brasília, DF, Brasil.
  • Chris Buse School of Health Sciences University of Northern British Columbia Prince George Campus, Prince George, British Columbia, Canadá.
  • Ben Brisbois Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canadá.
  • Rebecca Patrick School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong, Vitoria, Austrália.
  • Aaron Jenkins Sydney School of Public Health University of Sydney, Sydney, Nova Gales do Sul, Austrália.
  • Jonathan Kingsley School of Health Sciences Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Austrália.
  • Renata Távora Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília (CDS/UnB), Brasília, DF, Brasil.
  • Leandra Fatorelli Sustainable Research Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds, Inglaterra, Reino Unido.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18472/SustDeb.v9n1.2018.28258

Keywords:

Saúde ambiental, Saúde ecológica, Revisão

Abstract

Human-driven environmental change has brought attention to the importance of ecosystems in sustaining human health and well-being. There are various schools of thought and fields of inquiry and action that seek to understand health in relation to linked social and ecological phenomena. We describe 18 such fields and outline common elements and incongruities among them. They converge around the application of systems thinking and crossing disciplinary boundaries, while differences are found in methodologies, research foci and problem framing. Although fields encourage sustainable and equitable pathways for health promotion, depoliticized and ahistorical approaches continue to be standard practice. Future research calls for a deeper commitment to examining ourselves as political actors, making space for conversations around power dynamics, and (re)centering participants in research methodologies.

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Author Biographies

Jordan S. Oestreicher, Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília (CDS/UnB), Brasília, DF, Brasil.

Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília (CDS/UnB), Brasília, DF, Brasil.

Chris Buse, School of Health Sciences University of Northern British Columbia Prince George Campus, Prince George, British Columbia, Canadá.

School of Health Sciences
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George Campus, Prince George, British Columbia, Canadá.

Ben Brisbois, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canadá.

Dalla Lana School of Public Health,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canadá.

Rebecca Patrick, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong, Vitoria, Austrália.

School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong, Vitoria, Austrália.

Aaron Jenkins, Sydney School of Public Health University of Sydney, Sydney, Nova Gales do Sul, Austrália.

Sydney School of Public Health
University of Sydney, Sydney, Nova Gales do Sul, Austrália.

Jonathan Kingsley, School of Health Sciences Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Austrália.

School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Techonology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Austrália.

Renata Távora, Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília (CDS/UnB), Brasília, DF, Brasil.

Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Universidade de Brasília (CDS/UnB), Brasília, DF, Brasil.

Leandra Fatorelli, Sustainable Research Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds, Inglaterra, Reino Unido.

Sustainable Research Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds, Inglaterra, Reino Unido.

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2018-04-30

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Oestreicher, J. S., Buse, C., Brisbois, B., Patrick, R., Jenkins, A., Kingsley, J., Távora, R., & Fatorelli, L. (2018). Where ecosystems, people and health meet:: academic traditions and emerging fields for research and practice. Sustainability in Debate, 9(1), 23–44. https://doi.org/10.18472/SustDeb.v9n1.2018.28258

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