Special Issue "Planetary Health: Building the Field and Growing the Movement (Including Manuscripts 2022 Planetary Health Annual Meeting and Festival)"

A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 1138

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Samuel Myers
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Guest Editor
1. Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
2. Director, Planetary Health Alliance, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: planetary health; climate; ecology and biodiversity; food, agriculture and nutrition; human health
Dr. Susan Prescott
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1. Professor of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
2. Director, ORIGINS Project, Telethon Kids Institute at Perth Children’s Hospital, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
3. Scholar, NOVA Institute for Health of People, Places and Planet, 1407 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
Interests: planetary health; ecological and social justice; immunology and inflammation; microbiome science; NCDs (noncommunicable diseases); nutrition; life-course wellness and ‘DOHaD’ (development origins of health and disease); integrative approaches to wellness and disease prevention
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Prof. Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
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1. Professor and Director, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway 47500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
2. Member of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Action Council, Federal Government Administrative Centre, Putrajaya 62675, Malaysia
3. Member of Climate Action Council and Foreign Policy Consultative Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, Jalan Wisma Putra Precinct 2, Putrajaya 62602, Malaysia
4. Pro-Chancellor of Herriot-Watt University Malaysia, Herriot-Watt University Malaysia, Putrajaya 62200, Malaysia
5. Former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health, Ministry of Health (Malaysia), Federal Government Administrative Centre, Putrajaya 62675, Malaysia
6. Former Under-Secretary-General (Partnerships) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, 1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland
7. Former Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat at the United Nations, New York, NY 10001, USA
Interests: public health; planetary health; climate action; social justice; crisis management; reproductive health; education; international relations, private-public partnerships
Prof. Dr. Antonio Saraiva
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1. Head of the Planetary Health Brazil, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São, Butantã 05508-060, SP, Brazil
2. Steering Committee, Planetary Health Alliance, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: planetary health; biodiversity informatics; citizen science; science communication; computing engineering applied to agriculture, the environment and health
Prof. Dr. Onisimo Mutanga
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Professor and SARChI Chair on Land Use Planning, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Glenwood, Durban 4041, South Africa
Interests: remote sensing; land use; environment; vegetation; hyperspectral remote sensing; ecosystem ecology; spatial analysis; climate change impact analysist; vegetation mapping
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Dr. Marie Studer
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Senior Program Manager, Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: planetary health; geosciences; ecology and biodiversity; environmental and social justice; education and learning; collective impact
Jo Bjorgaard
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Assistant Guest Editor
1. Quality Improvement Consultant, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
2. Doctor of Nursing Practice Student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
Interests: planetary health; public health; nature-based solution; climate action; land conservation; ecology and biodiversity; process improvement; social and environmental justice; agriculture; education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce this Challenges Special Issue for the Proceedings of the 2022 Planetary Health Annual Meeting and Festival, October 31-November 2, 2022, at Harvard University in Boston, MA, USA.

Planetary health recognizes the intricate connections between the health and well-being of people and the planet's natural systems. This growing field of applied research, policy, and practice, presents an intentional and catalytic effort to take on one of the greatest challenges the world has faced. It seeks to characterize the impact of human-caused disruptions of Earth’s natural systems on our health and well-being. Planetary health also offers solutions-oriented approaches, bridging different disciplines and sectors across the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Convened by the Planetary Health Alliance, the theme of the meeting, Building the Field and Growing the Movement, brings together a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, civil-society, private-sector representatives, educators, students, and others to learn about these complex relationships, seek solutions, and build skills for action and change.

We warmly welcome submissions on any topic relevant to planetary health, including full papers based on conference presentations, abstracts, discussions, workshops, satellite events and/or ideas arising from the event. We also invite other submissions from the wider community that focus on understanding and improving the complex relationships between human health and planetary health—from any researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, students, community groups, and artists, seeking to advance the planetary health agenda.

Submissions may include original research, perspectives, case studies, initiatives or projects (either complete or still in progress), protocols, new proposals or ideas, and more creative works. While topics may be on any aspect of human, environmental, and societal health, we encourage all authors to articulate the ways in which their submission is relevant to some (or preferably, many) of the grand challenges of our time, and/or ways in which the work could contribute to planetary health. Examples of topics may be found below in the “keywords” below.

It is our hope that this Challenges Special Issue will facilitate collaborative vision and shared agendas that drive activity to link virtually every endeavor aimed at solving the interconnected challenges of our time—large and small alike—for the flourishing of people, places, and planet.

Dr. Samuel Myers
Dr. Susan Prescott
Prof. Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
Prof. Dr. Antonio Saraiva
Prof. Dr. Onisimo Mutanga
Dr. Marie Studer
Jo Bjorgaard
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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Challenges is an international peer-reviewed open access semiannually journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Please note that all papers in this special issue will be published free of charge. 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.

Keywords

  • planetary health
  • ecology, biodiversity, ecosystems, microbiomes, anthropogenic ecosystems
  • mental health, emotions and wellbeing, solastalgia, ecological grief
  • noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and infectious diseases
  • food systems, nutrition, food processing and nutritional ecology, planetary diets
  • lifestyle and the exposome, systems biology, machine learning, preventive medicine, bio-psychosocial medicine, high-level wellness
  • environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, climate change
  • urban landscapes, natural environments, nature-relatedness, green space, green prescriptions, biodiversity interdependence, cooperation, integration
  • social and ecological justice, intergenerational justice, health disparities, socioeconomic inequalities, displacement and conflict, migration, economic, political and commercial determinants of health
  • life-course (developmental origins), transgenerational perspectives, epigenetics
  • value systems, Indigenous knowledges, cultural shift, narrative medicine, storytelling, belief systems, traditional cultures, spirituality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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