Climate Change and Wellbeing
Climate change, and its impact on human health and wellbeing, is a fact, not a prediction. It is a global problem that requires a global solution. Climate change's effects on populations can be seen through extreme heat and resulting illness, more severe storms, rising sea levels, drought's impact on world water systems and agriculture. As the urban population increases, cities are on the frontline of health and wellbeing impacts from climate change, making cities crucial in seeking solutions to adapt to a warmer and more extreme climate. Tackling public health climate adaptation and preparedness in large world cities is an urgent challenge.
In this regard, the Climate Change and Wellbeing Working Group of the Barcelona Public Policy Center has developed the Climate-Healthy Cities (CHC) initiative, which aims to develop the first dedicated public health climate adaptation city learning network. Initially CHC is developing best practice on targeted heatwave early warning systems and sharing this knowledge across large world cities, with the goal of expanding to other public health climate interventions and other cities. The Working Group and CHC initiative began with a joint venture of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) to create a center of excellence in applied climate change-related population health and wellbeing research at the Barcelona PPC. Members of the Working Group are drawn from UPF, JHSPH, the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) and the City of Barcelona.
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Environmental transformations, conflict, and politics
Environmental issues are deeply entangled with politics. From forging binding international climate agreements to implementing low-carbon technologies, conflicts over allocating costs and benefits of sustainability transformations and struggles over different interpretations of sustainability characterise environmental policy throughout.
Our research in the interdisciplinary area of environmental social science explores the relation between humans and their environments within two fields: political ecology and social ecological economics. It examines environmental policy and governance challenges, as well as responses to them. Those include: human security and climate change; wind energy conflicts; climate change adaptation contradictions; the capacity and limitations of deliberative democracy for sustainability decision-making; policy and epistemological challenges related to monetary valuation of nature; the potential and limits of collaborations (knowledge co-production) between scientists and activism; the regulation of and resistance to resource extractivism; challenges of urban climate change adaptation governance; and, critical perspectives on nature-society relations and economic growth.