Human Health and Ecological Economics

Hensher, Martin 2020, Human Health and Ecological Economics. In Costanza, Robert, Erickson, Jon D., Farley, Joshua and Kubiszewski, Ida (ed), Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, Gloucester, Eng., pp.188-208, doi: 10.4337/9781789900958.00021.

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Title Human Health and Ecological Economics
Author(s) Hensher, MartinORCID iD for Hensher, Martin
Title of book Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics
Editor(s) Costanza, Robert
Erickson, Jon D.
Farley, Joshua
Kubiszewski, Ida
Publication date 2020
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 26
Start page 188
End page 208
Total pages 21
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of Publication Gloucester, Eng.
Keyword(s) Ecological Economics
Population Health
Health Care
Health Systems
Planetary Health
Summary Health is a central aspect of all conceptions of human well-being and flourishing. This chapter considers a number of contemporary challenges in human health through the lens of ecological economics, and makes suggestions for developing a more focused agenda for applying ecological economics to health. The chapter applies a framework based upon the World Health Organization’s Ten Threats to Global Health. Non-communicable diseases (NCD) overtook infectious diseases as the leading cause of deaths globally two decades ago; a significant portion of the preventable burden of NCDs is driven by harmful overconsumption, and there is growing recognition of the interlinked impacts of global syndemics such as malnutrition, obesity and climate change. Ecological economics will need to develop effective approaches to the impacts of ageing and longevity, and to persistent inequalities in health between and within nations, as understanding grows of the central role of social inequality in generating poor physical and mental health. Providing adequate access to health care in low income countries while simultaneously reducing the harmful and wasteful overconsumption of health care is a challenge to which ecological economics may be able to contribute. Climate change and environmental pollutants have significant adverse health impacts; meanwhile, the negative environmental impacts of health care systems are becoming more clearly understood. Finally, ecological economics may be well placed to contribute to addressing the twin threats of infectious diseases, pandemics and high-threat pathogens on the one hand, and of growing antimicrobial resistance on the other.
Notes eISBN: 9781789900958
ISBN 978-1-78990-094-1
Language eng
DOI 10.4337/9781789900958.00021
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Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
149902 Ecological Economics
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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