Steve Quilley and I in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo are seeking contributions for an edited collection, Medicines for the Anthropocene: Health on a Finite Planet. The book is broadly about the effects of social-ecological systems change on human health in the Anthropocene and potential approaches for addressing the profound challenges we face in the coming decades. In contrast to more mainstream discourses that argue that we can solve these problems through sustainable development, global governance, and technological innovation, however, the papers in this volume will suggest an alternate route. Limits to growth, the end of fossil fuels, and crossing planetary boundaries will open up new opportunities to deepen community reciprocity and reframe what it means to live and die well in the age of human impact. We propose that health in the Anthropocene will be decided at the intersection of experimental social innovations and appropriate technologies that arise in the transition to an alternative social-ecological system. To propose a chapter, please complete the application form. Applications are due on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

We will also be hosting a 2-day transdisciplinary workshop, “Improving health in an era of social-ecological instability and economic contraction” at the University of Waterloo in March 2018. The workshop is funded through a CIHR grant and funding is available to pay some travel and accommodation costs. If you wish to attend the workshop, please complete the relevant sections of the web form when you submit an abstract for your paper. You can submit a paper for the edited collection regardless of whether you plan to attend the workshop. For more information, click here.

All the best,

Katharine and Steve

Katharine Zywert, PhD Candidate
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
University of Waterloo, Canada<>

Dr. Stephen Quilley, Associate Professor
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
University of Waterloo, Canada<>
519-888-4567 ext. 38335

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