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healthier civilization and planet

A word about us…

Initially introduced in a 2014 issue of The Economist, the concept of Planetary Health is based on the realization that human civilization and human health depend on flourishing natural systems, and that wise stewardship of natural systems is crucial given that they are being dangerously degraded to an extent unprecedented in human history. Read more >


Our Scientists

Following the Rockefeller Foundation report, Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch, the Foundation’s Lancet Commission created the Planetary Health Alliance, a consortium of over 120 universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world, committed to advancing planetary health. The Global Health Academy in the College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh is proud to be a part of this unprecedented effort to address major public health threats caused by human impacts on the natural world.


Complex System Theory

With expertise in fields ranging from international development, nonlinear dynamics, ecological modeling, ecological psychology and mental health. PH-labs interdisciplinary team of systems thinkers is dedicated to using these discoveries to create an integrated understanding of how to build durably vibrant, human networks that connects the nuance of human practice to complex ecological issues facing the world today.

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Our Mission

Edinburgh University has affirmed its commitment to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world through the Sustainable Development Goals Accord. The mission of its Global Health Academy is to promote better and more equitable health for all by creating, curating, and implementing all facets of global health knowledge for a healthier planet.

The world is a complex, interconnected, finite, ecological-social-psychological-economic system. We treat it as if it were not, as if it were divisible, separable, simple, and infinite. Our persistent, intractable global problems arise directly from this mismatch.

– Donella Meadows –

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Aristotle –

We’re in very bad trouble if we don’t understand the planet we’re trying to save.

– Carl Sagan –

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