Environmental health research and the COVID-19 pandemic: A turning point towards sustainability

Xi Yang*, Tek Sheng Kevin LO

*Corresponding author for this work

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Based on a review of COVID-19 research from an environmental health perspective, this study theorizes the interdependence of the society, environment and health, and presents an integrated framework for environmental health problems arising due to COVID-19. Five guiding principles are proposed for conducting environmental health research, including employing a transdisciplinary approach, embracing complexity and uncertainty, addressing vulnerability, boosting resilience and promoting sustainable development. This study propagates that the pandemic could be an opportunity for sustainable transformation, wherein visionary leadership that facilitates sustainability policies based on environmental health science is required. This study can serve as a consolidated guide for professionals and stakeholders who conduct environmental health research in this challenging field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111157
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Research
Early online date20 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Environmental health
  • Guiding principles
  • Sustainability
  • Transdisciplinary


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