Special Issue "Urban Place and Health Equity"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016)
Prof. Jason Corburn
Department of City and Regional Planning & School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
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Interests: urban health; climate change and health in cities; informal settlements and health; cumulative exposure assessments; health impact assessment; environmental justice; spatial epidemiology
The question of how where we live, learn, work and play might influence human health has challenged medicine and environmental health for centuries. In Airs, Waters, and Places, Hippocrates helped his readers distinguish unhealthy places (such as swamps) from healthy places (such as sunny, breezy hillsides). Karl Marx wrote of the ‘indelible imprint’ of labouring conditions on the urban poor in the 19th century. Today, neighbourhoods, communities, built environments and other spatial measures are used in exposure assessments and impact analyses. However, what environmental characteristics define a place and distinguish it from geography? How might place-based characteristics be biologically embodied to influence communicable and non-communicable diseases? The field of environmental health has focused much attention on documenting unhealthy exposures, but what might constitute a healthy place? Increasingly, policy responses to some of our most pressing urban environmental health risks, such as climate change, inadequate water and sanitation, informal settlements, are taking a place based approach. What does this mean? What 21st century technologies and analytic methods might offer insights for measuring health and place, and which might present new place-based hazards and risks? In an increasingly virtually connected, seemingly place-less world, will place matter less and less for health? Can a place-focused approach address urban environmental injustice issues? Can citizen science techniques, where those most familiar with a place measure and track issues, improve environmental health science and policy? This Special Issue is accepting papers to help investigate and address these and related questions of place and health for 21st century environmental health.
Dr. Jason Corburn
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- Urban health
- housing and health
- informal settlements or slums
- cities and climate change
- citizen science
- environmental justice
- urban planning
- health impact assessment
- spatial epidemiology
- medical geography