Journal Club June 2016


Date: Wednesday 29th June 2016

Time: 2 pm (GMT)

Paper: Conceptual framework_Zoonoses

Questions: June 2016 Journal club questions_Violet

This month’s paper and questions have been chosen by Violet, the paper proposes an interdisciplinary framework for researching EID’s, copy and questions can be found above.


2 thoughts on “Journal Club June 2016

  1. Hi guys, please find below the notes I took for journal club. I only started taking these after our technical difficulties so apologies if they are not that comprehensive. Feel free to add in anything I may have missed!

    Paper: ‘A framework for the study of zoonotic disease emergence and its drivers: spillover of bat pathogens as a case study’ Wood et al (2012).

    Participants: Violet, Laura, Stefano, Joshua, Louise, Natalie and Jennika

    In this paper the authors’ propose an alternative approach to addressing zoonotic disease by using a systems approach which claims to gain a detailed understanding of bat spillover dynamics by incorporating perspectives from natural and social sciences with additional links to policy-making. Systemic approaches are often cited within the literature as a way of overcoming the shortcomings of One Health’ – yet more could have been described on what a systems approach actually entails (see Zinsstag et al (2011) “one medicine” to “one health” and systemic approaches to health and well-being for a more detailed (yet still highly confusing) description of systemic approaches to health).

    Initial discussions on the paper revealed uncertainty on what ‘One Health’ and its implications actually entails and therefore are proposed systemic (or any other) models actually offering alternatives or just building on the original framework? (in any case it is clear practicalities of implementation still exist). Overall, One Health is the linking of human health, environmental health and animal health, yet there are such disparities WITHIN these sectors let alone between which makes the idea of collaboration difficult, especially in resource-poor low income countries. Furthermore, while the aim of One Health may be to foster interdisciplinarity, there still remains the need to have expert niches, the key is in opening channels of communication and feedback between different sectors and disciplines to facilitate collaboration.

    Discussion turned to how we may practise interdisciplinarity within our own projects – with some of us having more opportunity than others, ultimately does it depend on who is driving your project? As a human geographer, where typically PhD projects are conducted on a very autonomous, individual basis it is something I am coming to grips with and I certainly feel that working in this way can only add to the strength of our PhDs!


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