Special Issue Announcement "Environmental Health Indicators for Policy Support"
Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health:
"Environmental Health Indicators for Policy Support"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2018
The concept of environmental health indicators (EHIs) has been with us for more than a quarter of a century now, and over that time much effort has been devoted to devising, constructing and using EHIs at local, national and international levels. As practical tools for policy support, however, they have not always been subjected to the levels of scientific scrutiny and evaluation that they merit. The results and lessons of developing and applying indicators have also not always been widely shared, and no clearly-defined body of underpinning research has emerged that can guide and support their design and use.
This Special Issue is intended to address this gap. Its aim is to bring together experience in the field and set a benchmark for future EHI development. In this context, contributions are particularly invited that:
- Review recent developments in, and applications of, EHIs and elicit the lessons that can be learned from them;
- Analyse the role of EHIs in evidence-based policy on environment and health, the implications of using them, and the impacts they have had;
- Reflect on the underpinning science relating to EHIs, and the issues that still need to be addressed;
- Explore relationships between EHIs and other policy tools—e.g. risk assessment, health impact assessment, risk communication
- Examine the potential for using EHIs in new and more targeted ways—e.g. in relation to vulnerable groups, or to address emerging public health issues."
Prof. Dr. David Briggs (Emeritus Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London)
Prof. Dr. Barry Borman (Director, Environmental Health Indicators Programme, Massey University)