, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 361-362
Date: 05 Sep 2012

From Pillars to Principles: Affirming the Field of Ecohealth

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Ecohealth Research in Practice: Innovative Applications of an Approach to Health Insight and Innovation in International Development 1, Dominique F. Charron (editor), International Development Research Centre and Springer, 282 pp.

As researchers, we run an internal dialog with our chosen discipline, questioning and affirming what it demands, how problems are formulated, what it does not seek to do, and where its boundaries lie. Overtime we seem to know implicitly what institutions support our work and who is going to listen to our findings. This book is one for that dialog: asking who are we, what do we do, and with whom should we work? It is a celebration of the growth and maturation of a field of endeavor encapsulated by the term “ecohealth,” made more significant by the central role played by the co-publisher of the book: the Canadian Government’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

What is the field? A Foreword by Mario-Henry Rodriguez sets the political context: “Ecohe ...

An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-012-0802-6.