EcoHealth

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 251–255

Contours of Risk: Spatializing Human Behaviors to Understand Disease Dynamics in Changing Landscapes

  • Heidi Hausermann
  • Petra Tschakert
  • Erica A. H. Smithwick
  • David Ferring
  • Richard Amankwah
  • Erasmus Klutse
  • Julianne Hagarty
  • Lindsay Kromel
Forum

Abstract

We echo viewpoints presented in recent publications from EcoHealth and other journals arguing for the need to understand linkages between human health, disease ecology, and landscape change. We underscore the importance of incorporating spatialities of human behaviors and perceptions in such analyses to further understandings of socio–ecological interactions mediating human health. We use Buruli ulcer, an emerging necrotizing skin infection and serious health concern in central Ghana, to illustrate our argument.

Keywords

spatial behaviors Landscape dynamics Land-use Buruli ulcer Ghana 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi Hausermann
    • 1
  • Petra Tschakert
    • 2
  • Erica A. H. Smithwick
    • 3
  • David Ferring
    • 4
  • Richard Amankwah
    • 5
  • Erasmus Klutse
    • 6
  • Julianne Hagarty
    • 7
  • Lindsay Kromel
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Human EcologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Geography and Intercollege Graduate Program in EcologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4.Department of GeographyUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  5. 5.University of Mines and TechnologyTarkwaGhana
  6. 6.Ghana Health ServicesAccraGhana
  7. 7.Department of GeosciencesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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