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Combining Social Science and Environmental Health Research for Community Engagement

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Sociology Department, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362, USA
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(18), 3483; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16183483
Received: 7 August 2019 / Revised: 2 September 2019 / Accepted: 15 September 2019 / Published: 19 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Directions in Environmental Communication Research)
Social science-environmental health (SS-EH) research takes many structural forms and contributes to a wide variety of topical areas. In this article we discuss the general nature of SS-EH contributions and offer a new typology of SS-EH practice that situates this type of research in a larger transdisciplinary sensibility: (1) environmental health science influenced by social science; (2) social science studies of environmental health; and (3) social science-environmental health collaborations. We describe examples from our own and others’ work and we discuss the central role that research centers, training programs, and conferences play in furthering SS-EH research. We argue that the third form of SS-EH research, SS-EH collaborations, offers the greatest potential for improving public and environmental health, though such collaborations come with important challenges and demand constant reflexivity on the part of researchers. View Full-Text
Keywords: social science-environmental health collaboration; community-based participatory research; community-engaged research; civic science; environmental justice; ethnography; chemical legacy; Superfund social science-environmental health collaboration; community-based participatory research; community-engaged research; civic science; environmental justice; ethnography; chemical legacy; Superfund
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Cordner, A.; Poudrier, G.; DiValli, J.; Brown, P. Combining Social Science and Environmental Health Research for Community Engagement. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3483. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16183483

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Cordner A, Poudrier G, DiValli J, Brown P. Combining Social Science and Environmental Health Research for Community Engagement. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(18):3483. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16183483

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Cordner, Alissa, Grace Poudrier, Jesse DiValli, and Phil Brown. 2019. "Combining Social Science and Environmental Health Research for Community Engagement" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 18: 3483. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16183483

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