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Division joins Australia Research Council 'Discovery Grant'

for historical research on Planetary Health

Published Jan 14, 2022

An interdisciplinary team led by History and Medicine Professor Warwick Anderson will explore the rise of the concept of 'planetary health' and the increased understanding of public health and human and cultural well being as linked to the health of environment, biodiversity, and planet. The project will boost Sörlin's ERC Advanced Grant on the History of Environmental Governance, SPHERE

Project summary

This historical research project aims to explain the conceptual development of the new planetary health, the principal means of assessing impacts of climate change and global environmental degradation on human health.

Using a novel combination of history of science and medicine, environmental history, international history and Indigenous studies, this research is expected to show how environmental health and disease ecology have been re-framed and scaled up in the past century to address the effects of global warming. The project will examine critically this intellectual formation, exploring its potential in global health and revealing its blind spots and omissions, especially in relation to Indigenous knowledge and structural inequalities.

Planetary Health Histories: Developing Concepts

AUD 666,897 (ca. 425 000 Euro)

PI Professor Warwick Anderson & PhD James Dunk, Department of History, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry & Sydney Environment Institute
Professor Jakelin Troy, Department of Linguistics & Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, U of Sydney
Professor Anthony Capon, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne
Professor Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH, Stockholm

Belongs to: Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment
Last changed: Jan 14, 2022