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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: 15 February 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

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


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

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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