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Governing for a Healthy Population: Towards an Understanding of How Decision-Making Will Determine Our Global Health in a Changing Climate

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National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
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Department of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia
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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, WC1E 7HT, UK
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National Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, CA, 260 Panama Street, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 55-72; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010055
Received: 8 December 2011 / Revised: 22 December 2011 / Accepted: 23 December 2011 / Published: 29 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Human Health Impacts and Adaptation)
Enhancing the adaptive capacity of individuals, communities, institutions and nations is pivotal to protecting and improving human health and well-being in the face of systemic social inequity plus dangerous climate change. However, research on the determinants of adaptive capacity in relation to health, particularly concerning the role of governance, is in its infancy. This paper highlights the intersections between global health, climate change and governance. It presents an overview of these key concerns, their relation to each other, and the potential that a greater understanding of governance may present opportunities to strengthen policy and action responses to the health effects of climate change. Important parallels between addressing health inequities and sustainable development practices in the face of global environmental change are also highlighted. We propose that governance can be investigated through two key lenses within the earth system governance theoretical framework; agency and architecture. These two governance concepts can be evaluated using methods of social network research and policy analysis using case studies and is the subject of further research. View Full-Text
Keywords: global health; climate change; adaptive capacity; equity; governance; decision-making global health; climate change; adaptive capacity; equity; governance; decision-making
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Bowen, K.J.; Friel, S.; Ebi, K.; Butler, C.D.; Miller, F.; McMichael, A.J. Governing for a Healthy Population: Towards an Understanding of How Decision-Making Will Determine Our Global Health in a Changing Climate. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 55-72. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010055

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Bowen KJ, Friel S, Ebi K, Butler CD, Miller F, McMichael AJ. Governing for a Healthy Population: Towards an Understanding of How Decision-Making Will Determine Our Global Health in a Changing Climate. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012; 9(1):55-72. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010055

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Bowen, Kathryn J., Sharon Friel, Kristie Ebi, Colin D. Butler, Fiona Miller, and Anthony J. McMichael 2012. "Governing for a Healthy Population: Towards an Understanding of How Decision-Making Will Determine Our Global Health in a Changing Climate" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9, no. 1: 55-72. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph9010055

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