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.


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
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
Van Eeuwijk, Piet. 2018. ‘Herausforderungen für Die Gesundheitszusammenarbeit : Altern Und Gesundheit’. Mosambik Rundbrief. KoordinierungsKreis Mosambik.   edoc
Saucy, Apolline, Martin Röösli, Nino Künzli, Ming-Yi Tsai, Chloé Sieber, Toyib Olaniyan, Roslynn Baatjies, Mohamed Jeebhay, Mark Davey, Benjamin Flückiger, Rajen N. Naidoo, Mohammed Aqiel Dalvie, Mahnaz Badpa, and Kees de Hoogh. 2018. ‘Land Use Regression Modelling of Outdoor NO2 and PM2.5 Concentrations in Three Low Income Areas in the Western Cape Province, South Africa’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15 (7). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 1452. doi:10.3390/ijerph15071452.   edoc | Open Access
Sagar, Sanjay, Seid M. Adem, Benjamin Struchen, Sarah P. Loughran, Michael E. Brunjes, Lisa Arangua, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Rodney J. Croft, Michael Jerrett, Joel M. Moskowitz, Tony Kuo, and Martin Röösli. 2018. ‘Comparison of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure Levels in Different Everyday Microenvironments in an International Context’. Environment International 114. Elsevier, 297-306. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.036.   edoc
Van Eeuwijk, Piet. 2017. ‘When Religion Matters: Aging, Health and Care in Indonesia and Tanzania’. In Religion and Aging: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Explorations, edited by Andrea Bieler, Matthias Stracke, and Angelika Veddeler, 71-98. ContactZone. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt.   edoc
Sieber, Chloé, Martina S. Ragettli, Mark Brink, Olaniyan Toyib, Roslyn Baatjies, Apolline Saucy, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, and Martin Röösli. 2017. ‘Land Use Regression Modeling of Outdoor Noise Exposure in Informal Settlements in Western Cape, South Africa’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14 (10), E1262. doi:10.3390/ijerph14101262.   edoc
Obrist, Brigit, and Jakob Zinsstag. 2017. ‘Transdisziplinär Forschen: Erfahrungen Aus Dem Bereich Der Mensch-Tier-Gesundheit’. Regio Basiliensis 58 (3). Wepf, 175-81.   edoc

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