Special Issue "Social and Environmental Justice in the COVID Era"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2020).
Interests: health of healthcare workers; occupational infectious diseases; North–South partnerships; ethics of global health research; linking environmental threats and the social determination of health; globalization and health
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Interests: social justice; environmental justice and health inequities; decolonization, dispossession, displacement and migration; epistemic erasure, storytelling and social change; environments, institutions, values and spaces; community-based research and policy-engaged mixed methods; feminist approaches; social movements, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; nature–society relations
COVID-19 emerged from the encroachment of human activity into habitats of other species, raising critical questions about deforestation, climate change, ecosystem disruption and the impacts of extractivism. COVID-19 also now compels new attention to extreme social and health inequities associated with racial, gender and class injustices globally—both underlying the origin and spread of such pandemics as well as the uneven consequences that ensue. For example, African-Americans have been disproportionally impacted by COVID; lower-income countries in Latin America and Africa, saddled with debt from neoliberal policies, are being devasted from weakened public health infrastructure and insufficient healthcare equipment. So too are those barely sheltered in crowded refugee camps in the Middle East and worldwide, or already suffering from widespread impacts of climate change on the environments they depend upon for their livelihood. Certain occupational groups also deserve special focus—in Spain, more than 25% of COVID-19 cases have occurred in healthcare workers. Moreover, the lockdowns and travel disruptions are themselves having unequal impacts. Food insecurities in Indigenous communities are becoming exacerbated, adding to ongoing colonial injustices. Meanwhile, government bailouts and programs can aggravate social inequities, while abandoning environmental regulations that can have dangerous public health consequences. This Special Issue is devoted to enhancing an interdisciplinary understanding of the social and environmental injustices that precipitated or have been aggravated by this infectious disease pandemic and the responses implemented.
Prof. Annalee Yassi
Dr. Samuel Spiegel
Manuscript Submission Information
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- COVID-19 pandemic
- social inequities
- environmental disruption
- occupational risk
- social justice
- colonial injustice