Special Issue "A More Sustainable and Healthier Future for All: What Works?"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: Health inequalities; social determinants of health; HiAP; sustainable development; early child development; capacity building for health promotion
Interests: Ecological public health, Cost-benefit analysis, Environmental economics, Housing and health, Climate change
Interests: Inequalities, air quality, epidemiology, toxicology, contaminated land
Our societies appear to be locked into patterns of human behaviour that damage the environment, undermine health and wellbeing and fuel health inequalities. In addition, lower socio-economic groups, who suffer the most from the consequences of pollution and environmental change, benefit least from measures being taken to address these problems.
Despite concerns about the effects of how people are currently living, there has been insufficient attention paid to exploring the potential of behaviour change when seeking solutions in environment and health. People’s lifestyles and behaviours are firmly rooted in social, economic and physical contexts. Changing these contexts, to ensure they sustain rather than undermine health and well-being, can only be achieved through more coherent approaches across policy and practice. Such approaches are also needed to address common challenges like environmental degradation, the rise in chronic diseases and the growth of inequalities.
INHERIT is an ambitious translational research project (Jan 2016 –Dec 2019) funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. 18 partners are investigating effective inter-sectoral policies, interventions and innovations that enable and empower citizens to behave in ways that simultaneously improve the environment, health and contribute to reducing health inequalities - the INHERIT ‘triple-win’ (www.inherit.eu). INHERIT covers the areas of living (green space, energy efficient housing), moving (active transport) and consuming (food).
How can we implement more cross-cutting initiatives in a variety of contexts and help Europe pave the path to a more sustainable and healthier future for all? This special edition will showcase outcomes from different strands of INHERIT’s work to advance knowledge in relation to: 1) the role of lifestyles and behaviours; 2) strengthening governance and inter-sectoral collaboration; and 3) ensuring that initiatives reach disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. We also invite contributions from other relevant research initiatives that focus on what works to ensure more sustainable and healthier futures for all, with a specific focus on any of these cross-cutting themes.
Ms. Ingrid Stegeman
Dr. Tim Taylor
Prof. Patrick Saunders
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Health promotion and prevention
- Social determinants of health
- Lifestyle and behaviour change
- Inter-sectoral collaboration
- Health inequalities
- Active travel
- Energy efficient housing
- Green space
- Food production and consumption