Public Health, Ecosystems and Well-Being

Given that human and animal health are closely interlinked with social-ecological systems, we pursue interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to deepen our understanding of these complex interactions. The aim is to develop and apply concepts of health in social-ecological systems that go beyond “one health”, “environmental public health” or “eco-health” approaches. We consider vulnerability and resilience validated in different social and cultural contexts. A systemic view ranging across scales from molecules to the ecological and social, cultural and economic context will identify emerging properties and determinants of health. A key element is the comparison of different disease entities and health systems.

Among others, our focal research areas include climate change (combining climate modelling and health data), pesticides (use and health effects) and the role of the social sciences in health research.


Kaiser-Grolimund, Andrea. 2020. “Transfigurations of Aging: Everyday Self-Care in a Civil Servant Milieu of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania”. Medicine Anthropology Theory 7 (1): 136-57. doi:10.17157/mat.7.1.649.   edoc
Fuhrimann, S., J. Klánová, P. Pribylová, J. Kohotek, M. A. Dalvie, M. Röösli, and C. Degrendele. 2020. “Qualitative Assessment of 27 Current-Use Pesticides in Air at 20 Sampling Sites across Africa”. Chemosphere 258. Elsevier: 127333. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127333.   edoc
Olaniyan, Toyib, Mohamed Jeebhay, Martin Röösli, Rajen N. Naidoo, Nino Künzli, Kees de Hoogh, Apolline Saucy, Mahnaz Badpa, Roslynn Baatjies, Bhawoodien Parker, Joy Leaner, and Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie. 2020. “The Association Between Ambient NO2 and PM2.5 With the Respiratory Health of School Children Residing in Informal Settlements: A Prospective Cohort Study”. Environmental Research 186. Elsevier: 109606. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2020.109606.   edoc
Chetty-Mhlanga, Shala, Samuel Fuhrimann, Marloes Eeftens, Wisdom Basera, Stella Hartinger, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, and Martin Röösli. 2020. “Different Aspects of Electronic Media Use, Symptoms and Neurocognitive Outcomes of Children and Adolescents in the Rural Western Cape Region of South Africa”. Environmental Research 184. Elsevier: 109315. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2020.109315.   edoc
Olaniyan, Toyib, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Martin Röösli, Rajen N. Naidoo, Nino Künzli, Kees de Hoogh, Dilys Berman, Bhawoodien Parker, Joy Leaner, and Mohamed F. Jeebhay. 2020. “Short Term Seasonal Effects of Airborne Fungal Spores on Lung Function in a Panel Study of Schoolchildren Residing in Informal Settlements of the Western Cape of South Africa”. Environmental Pollution 260. Elsevier: 114023. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114023.   edoc
Curchod, L., C. Oltramare, M. Junghans, C. Stamm, M. A. Dalvie, M. Röösli, and S. Fuhrimann. 2020. “Temporal Variation of Pesticide Mixtures in Rivers of Three Agricultural Watersheds During a Major Drought in the Western Cape, South Africa”. Water Res X 6. Elsevier: 100039. doi:10.1016/j.wroa.2019.100039.   edoc | Open Access
Staudacher, Sandra, and Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund. 2020. “Triangles of Care in Transnational Spaces of Aging: Social Engagements Between Urban Tanzania, Oman and the United States”. In The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, edited by Jay Sokolovsky, 633-56. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
Cissé, Guéladio. 2019. “Food-Borne and Water-Borne Diseases under Climate Change in Low- and Middle-Income Countries : Further Efforts Needed for Reducing Environmental Health Exposure Risks”. Acta Tropica 194. Elsevier Science Publ.: 181-88. doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.03.012.   edoc
Dietler, Dominik, Mohammed Babu, Guéladio Cissé, Ali A. Halage, Enos Malambala, and Samuel Fuhrimann. 2019. “Daily Variation of Heavy Metal Contamination and Its Potential Sources Along the Major Urban Wastewater Channel in Kampala, Uganda”. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 191 (2). Springer: 52. doi:10.1007/s10661-018-7175-4.   edoc
Olaniyan, Toyib, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Martin Röösli, Rajen Naidoo, Nino Künzli, Kees de Hoogh, Bhawoodien Parker, Joy Leaner, and Mohamed Jeebhay. 2019. “Asthma-Related Outcomes Associated With Indoor Air Pollutants Among Schoolchildren from Four Informal Settlements in Two Municipalities in the Western Cape Province of South Africa”. Indoor Air : International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health 29 (1). Blackwell: 89-100. doi:10.1111/ina.12511.   edoc

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