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Sustainability 2016, 8(3), 202; doi:10.3390/su8030202

Sustainability within the Academic EcoHealth Literature: Existing Engagement and Future Prospects

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Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N4N1, Canada
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Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, Stream of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N4N1, Canada
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Academic Editor: Md Saidul Islam
Received: 11 December 2015 / Revised: 17 February 2016 / Accepted: 18 February 2016 / Published: 25 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability through the Lens of Environmental Sociology)
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In September 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed on a new sustainable development agenda, which is outlined in the outcome document Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. EcoHealth is an emerging field of academic inquiry and practice that seeks to improve the health and well-being of people, animals, and ecosystems and is informed in part by the principle of sustainability. The purpose of this study is to investigate which sustainability terms and phrases were engaged in the academic EcoHealth literature, and whether the engagement was conceptual or non-conceptual. To fulfill the purpose, we searched four academic databases (EBSCO All, Scopus, Science Direct, and Web of Science) for the term “ecohealth” in the article title, article abstract, or in the title of the journal. Following the search, we generated descriptive quantitative and qualitative data on n = 647 academic EcoHealth articles. We discuss our findings through the document Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Based on n = 647 articles, our findings suggest that although the academic EcoHealth literature mentions n = 162 sustainability discourse terms and phrases, the vast majority are mentioned in less than 1% of the articles and are not investigated in a conceptual way. We posit that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives an opening to the EcoHealth scholars and practitioners to engage more with various sustainability discourses including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. View Full-Text
Keywords: EcoHealth; sustainability; sustainable development; 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development EcoHealth; sustainability; sustainable development; 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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Lisitza, A.; Wolbring, G. Sustainability within the Academic EcoHealth Literature: Existing Engagement and Future Prospects. Sustainability 2016, 8, 202.

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