, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 334–339

Championing Ecosystem Sustainability and Health: Profile and Tribute to the Life and Work of James Kay (1954–2004)

  • David Waltner-Toews
  • Martin J. Bunch
  • Cynthia Neudoerffer
  • Margot Parkes
  • Henry David Venema


The past decade has seen considerable developments in the integrated study of ecosystem sustainability and health. Important developments in theory, methods, and application of this area have emerged from the work of key individuals and informal, multidisciplinary networks of peers working across continents and countries and based in governments, universities, and private organizations. This profile focuses in particular on the critical influence of James Kay as a key advocate and intellectual champion for incorporating complexity and uncertainty into the “Ecosystem approach.” The intent is to provide an overview of an important era in the application of this approach to address health and sustainability concerns and to highlight the frameworks, methods, and networks that have emerged as collective acknowledgments to the life and work of James Kay (1954–2004).


ecosystem approaches complexity health networks Dirk Gently 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Waltner-Toews
    • 1
    • 6
  • Martin J. Bunch
    • 2
    • 6
  • Cynthia Neudoerffer
    • 3
    • 6
  • Margot Parkes
    • 4
    • 6
  • Henry David Venema
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Population MedicineUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Environmental StudiesYork UniversityToronto, OntarioCanada
  3. 3.School of Environmental Design and Rural DevelopmentUniversity of GuelphGuelph, OntarioCanada
  4. 4.Division of Ecology and Health, John A. Burns School of MedicineUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu
  5. 5.International Institute for Sustainable DevelopmentWinnipeg, ManitobaCanada
  6. 6.Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health

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