, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 251–255 | Cite as

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

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


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.


spatial behaviors Landscape dynamics Land-use Buruli ulcer Ghana 



We would like to acknowledge our project team members: Charles Abbey, Bernadette Atosona, David Azanu, Leah Bug, Nathan Clay, Emmanuel Effah, Simon Gawu, Yakubu Iddrisu Goro, Saviour Mantey, Frank Nyame, Grace Ofori-Sarpong, Joseph Oppong, Edith Parker, Warangkana Ruckthongsook, Kamini Singha, Rose Sandow, Ray Voegborlo, Annemarie Ward. We are also grateful for the insight of the two anonymous reviewers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi Hausermann
    • 1
    Email author
  • 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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