Converging Paradigms for Environmental Health Theory and Practice

M. Parkes, R. Panelli, Philip Weinstein

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Converging themes from the fields of environmental health, ecology and health, and human ecology highlight opportunities for innovation and advancement in environmental health theory and practice. In this commentary we outline the role of research and applied programs that integrate biophysical and social sciences with environmental health practice in order to address deficiencies in each field when taken on its own. New opportunities for environmental health protection and promotion are outlined based on the three converging themes: integrated approaches to research and policy, methodological acknowledgment of the synergies between the social and biophysical environments, and incorporation of core ecosystem principles into research and practice. These converging themes are discussed in relation to their implications for new types of intervention to achieve health gains across different spatial and temporal scales at the interface between biophysical and social environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-675
JournalEnvironmental Health Perspectives
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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