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Sustainability and Health

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Sustainability as it applies to water, air, and land. Research in this theme stretches from the specifics of environmental exposures, to the breadth of sustainability, health and well-being. Research that involves economies, ecologies, cultures and societies, like those associated with sustainability and sustainable development, demand a particular interdisciplinary approach. The Centre has a well-developed capability in supervising interdisciplinary research, and much of this work is international in scope. Some examples include the social and environmental determinants of typhoid in Fiji, the useability of urban greenspaces and links to human health, biodiversity and human health and well-being, and developing payment for ecosystem services schemes to alleviate poverty. The risks posed by exposures to toxic materials in air and water represents an important area of environmental research, and the Centre has the specialised analytical equipment, expertise and collaborations necessary to provide quality supervision for postgraduate studies, and research outcomes. Two current examples are: i) a project to characterize pollutants arising from the combustion of different vegetation types and investigating the associated toxicity using in vitro tests; and ii) improving exposure estimation techniques for particulate matter in rural and remote areas.

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