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Special Issue "Environmental Health Indicators for Policy Support"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. David Briggs

Emeritus Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG, UK
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Phone: +64 9431 8401
Interests: GIS; exposure assessment; environmental health indicators; air pollution; environmental health impact assessment
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Barry Borman

Director, Environmental Health Indicators Programme, Massey University, PO Box 756, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
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Interests: environmental health indicators; birth defects; epidemiology; environmental health; surveillance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of environmental health indicators (EHIs) has been with us for more than a quarter of a century now, and over that time much effort has been devoted to devising, constructing and using EHIs at local, national and international levels. As practical tools for policy support, however, they have not always been subjected to the levels of scientific scrutiny and evaluation that they merit. The results and lessons of developing and applying indicators have also not always been widely shared, and no clearly-defined body of underpinning research has emerged that can guide and support their design and use. This Special Issue is intended to address this gap. Its aim is to bring together experience in the field and set a benchmark for future EHI development. In this context, contributions are particularly invited that:

  1. Review recent developments in, and applications of, EHIs and elicit the lessons that can be learned from them;
  2. Analyse the role of EHIs in evidence-based policy on environment and health, the implications of using them, and the impacts they have had;
  3. Reflect on the underpinning science relating to EHIs, and the issues that still need to be addressed;
  4. Explore relationships between EHIs and other policy tools—e.g. risk assessment, health impact assessment, risk communication
  5. Examine the potential for using EHIs in new and more targeted ways—e.g. in relation to vulnerable groups, or to address emerging public health issues.

Prof. Dr. David Briggs
Prof. Dr. Barry Borman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Environmental health indicators
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Health surveillance
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Risk communication

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessArticle Interactive Cumulative Burden Assessment: Engaging Stakeholders in an Adaptive, Participatory and Transdisciplinary Approach
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 260; doi:10.3390/ijerph15020260
Received: 21 December 2017 / Revised: 21 January 2018 / Accepted: 1 February 2018 / Published: 3 February 2018
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Cumulative burden assessment (CuBA) has the potential to inform planning and decision-making on health disparities related to multiple environmental burdens. However, scholars have raised concerns about the social complexity to be dealt with while conducting CuBA, suggesting that it should be addressed in
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Cumulative burden assessment (CuBA) has the potential to inform planning and decision-making on health disparities related to multiple environmental burdens. However, scholars have raised concerns about the social complexity to be dealt with while conducting CuBA, suggesting that it should be addressed in an adaptive, participatory and transdisciplinary (APT) approach. APT calls for deliberation among stakeholders by engaging them in a process of social learning and knowledge co-production. We propose an interactive stakeholder-based approach that facilitates a science-based stakeholder dialogue as an interface for combining different knowledge domains and engendering social learning in CuBA processes. Our approach allows participants to interact with each other using a flexible and auditable CuBA model implemented within a shared workspace. In two workshops we explored the usefulness and practicality of the approach. Results show that stakeholders were enabled to deliberate on cumulative burdens collaboratively, to learn about the technical uncertainties and social challenges associated with CuBA, and to co-produce knowledge in a realm of both technical and societal challenges. The paper identifies potential benefits relevant for responding to social complexity in the CuBA and further recommends exploration of how our approach can enable or constraint social learning and knowledge co-production in CuBA processes under various institutional, social and political contexts. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Social Aspects of the Living Environment in Relation to Environmental Health
Authors: Irene van Kamp, et al.
Affiliation: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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