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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Zoonotic Disease

Department of Psychology, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, Woking, UK
Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL, UK
Public Governance, MODUL University Vienna, Austria
Healthcare, Brunel University, UK
Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand Hutton, York, UK
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Infect. Dis. Rep. 2012, 4(2), e37;
Submission received: 14 June 2012 / Revised: 7 September 2012 / Accepted: 8 October 2012 / Published: 4 December 2012


Zoonotic infections are on the increase worldwide, but most research into the biological, environmental and life science aspects of these infections has been conducted in separation. In this review we bring together contemporary research in these areas to suggest a new, symbiotic framework which recognises the interaction of biological, economic, psychological, and natural and built environmental drivers in zoonotic infection and transmission. In doing so, we propose that some contemporary debates in zoonotic research could be resolved using an expanded framework which explicitly takes into account the combination of motivated and habitual human behaviour, environmental and biological constraints, and their interactions.
Keywords: zoonotic infection; human factors; environment; multi-disciplinary research zoonotic infection; human factors; environment; multi-disciplinary research

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Goodwin, R.; Schley, D.; Lai, K.-M.; Ceddia, G.M.; Barnett, J.; Cook, N. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Zoonotic Disease. Infect. Dis. Rep. 2012, 4, e37.

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Goodwin R, Schley D, Lai K-M, Ceddia GM, Barnett J, Cook N. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Zoonotic Disease. Infectious Disease Reports. 2012; 4(2):e37.

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Goodwin, Robin, David Schley, Ka-Man Lai, Graziano M. Ceddia, Julie Barnett, and NIgel Cook. 2012. "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Zoonotic Disease" Infectious Disease Reports 4, no. 2: e37.

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