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27 May 2019

Academic Special Issue on Health, Climate Change, and Poverty

Academic Special Issue on Health, Climate Change, and Poverty

Co-editors of the special issue are:

Bruce Tonn, Krish Seetah, Erin Rose, and Beth Hawkins

The peer-reviewed journal Futures is soliciting papers for a special issue on Health, Climate Change, and Poverty. Futures is an international, refereed, multidisciplinary journal concerned with medium and long-term futures of cultures and societies, science and technology, economics and politics, environment and the planet, individuals and humanity.

About the Special Issue:

The purpose of the special issue is to explore medium and long-term futures at the intersection of health, climate change, and poverty. The special issue will be a resource for the global research community and also for governments and non-governmental organizations that conduct responsible foresight with respect to programs that address health and poverty within the context of climate change. Here are some examples of questions that could be addressed by manuscripts in this special issue:

• What global trends are impacting health and then how might changes in health impact poverty?

• How will climate change impact health and poverty?

• How might poverty change in the future and will these changes be exacerbated or ameliorated by climate change?

• Will climate change so adversely impact society’s ability to protect human rights that human health will suffer and poverty will increase?

• Will climate change adversely impact social determinants of health, which then will directly negatively impact health and economic self-sufficiency?

Research Methods:

Submitted manuscripts should be futures-oriented and draw upon methods of futures studies. This said, the field of futures studies draws upon a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Typical articles in Futures assess trends that are shaping medium and long-term futures and present scenarios of plausible futures that are based upon these trends. Scenarios could start with a basic set of climate change assumptions (e.g., the world will warm by 3oC with resulting sea level rise, droughts, flooding, etc.). Scenarios could be global in scope, focus on a specific region of the world (e.g., Africa) or even focus on technologies that could greatly influence relationships between health, climate change and poverty (e.g., genetic engineering). Articles can document and assess scenario development processes that involve stakeholders. Results of surveys of individuals and others about their views about the medium and long-term futures of health, climate change, and poverty are valuable. Insights derived from exercising simulation and forecasting models are also encouraged. Articles that are not appropriate for this special issue are those that only describe the present situation with respect to health, climate change, and poverty or document how society has arrived at the present situation. Articles that only present statistical analyses that explain why, for example, current poverty rates differ by region, country, race, gender, age, etc. are not encouraged for submission because they lack a futures-orientation.