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Higginbotham, N., Freeman, S., Connor,
L. and Albrecht, G. “Environmental
Injustice and air pollution in coal affected communities, Hunter Valley,
Australia”. Health and Place,
March 2010 16, pp. 259-266 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19884036
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Albrecht, G., McMahon, C.
Bowman, D., Bradshaw, C. (2009) Convergence of culture, ecology and
ethics: management of feral swamp buffalo in northern Australia.
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 22:361-378
Connor L., Freeman S. R., Higginbotham H. N., ’Not
just a coalmine: Shifting grounds of community opposition to coal mining
in Southeastern Australia’, Ethnos, 74 490-513 (2009)
2008 (Return to year index)
Stain, H.J., Kelly, B., Lewin, T.J., Higginbotham, N., Beard, J.,
Social networks and mental health among a farming population.
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2008;43:843-849.
Sartore G.M., Kelly B, Stain H.J., Albrecht G,
Higginbotham N. (2008) “Control, uncertainty, and expectations for the future:
A qualitative study of the mental health impact of drought on a rural
Australian community” Rural and Remote Health, 8 (online),
Connor, L., Albrecht, G., Higginbotham, N.
and Freeman, S. (2008) “Watercourses and discourses: Coal mining in the Upper
Hunter Valley, NSW”. (free download) Oceania Special Edition “Water Ways: Competition
and Communality in the Use and Management of Water (Ed. Veronica Strang)
Oceania Vol. 78 Issue 1, p. 76-90
2007 (Return to year index)
Albrecht G, Sartore G, Connor L, Higginbotham
N, Freeman S, Kelly B, Stain H, Tonna A, Pollard G. (2007) “ Solastalgia: The
Distress Caused by Environmental Change”. Australasian Psychiatry,
15(Supplement): S95-98. Creating Futures: influencing the social
determinants of mental health and wellbeing in rural, Indigenous and
Island peoples. p.595.
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Albrecht G. (2006) “Environmental Distress as
Albrecht, G.A (2006) The ethics of climate chaos. Journal of the
Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability,
Connor, L, Albrecht, G, Higginbotham, N.,
Freeman, S., & Agho, K. (2006) Validation of an Environmental
Distress Scale, in EcoHealth, Vol.3 No. 4.
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2005 (Return to year index)
Albrecht, G. A. (2005)
Organicism and the Organic University. Concrescence, The
Australasian Journal of Process Thought, Vol. 6, pp43-60
Albrecht, G. A.(2005) Constructing our future. Journal of the
Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability, 11(2): 8-9.
Albrecht, G. A.
(2005) Solastalgia: A new concept in human health and identity. in PAN:
Philosophy Activism Nature,
Issue 3: 41-55. Buy your copy of this first major published article describing
Solastalgia by Glenn Albrecht.
G., Stain, H., Kelly, B., Higginbotham, N., Albrecht, G., and Toona, A.
(2005) Health in a
South Wales community, Australian and New Zealand Journal of
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G., Higginbotham, N., Cashman, P. and Flint, K. (2004). Evolution of
and ecosystem health at the University of Newcastle,
New South Wales, Australia. EcoHealth, 1(1):23-29.
Antipodean pioneers of transdisciplinary (TD) thinking at the
University of Newcastle,
Glenn Albrecht and Nick Higginbotham, have
applied this perspective to contexts of
human health globally and to the
development of health social science as an emerging TD field. Nick
Higginbotham has successfully championed the cause of TD thinking in
international networks such as The International Clinical Epidemiology
Network (INCLEN) and the International Forum for Social Sciences and
Health (IFSSH). Glenn Albrecht has connected the Newcastle variety of TD
thinking to its independently created doppelganger in the form of TD
Ecosystem Health as pioneered by David Rapport in Canada. The
convergence of TD thinking and Ecosystem Health at Newcastle has
promoted a new curriculum in both undergraduate and postgraduate health
and environmental sciences courses. Furthermore,
TD research teams have
been created and pursue investigations of both health and environmental
problems. A successful national conference on transdisciplinary
to ecosystem health in Australia was held at Newcastle in
April 2003. This paper details the history of the evolution and
synthesis of Transdisciplinarity, Ecosystem Health and Ecohealth
University of Newcastle, Australia, over a period from 1988 to the
Connor, L, Albrecht, G, Higginbotham, N., Smith W., &
Freeman, S. (2004)
Environmental Change and Human Health in Upper
Hunter Communities of
New South Wales, Australia, in EcoHealth,
This paper presents the theory
and method informing an on-going study of environmental
change and human
distress in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales (NSW),
The nature of environmental change in the Upper Hunter landscape over
past two centuries is first described, followed by the preliminary
results of a long term study
that aims to investigate the nature of
residents’ understanding of, and responses to,
environmental change. Data from in-depth interviews found that the transformation of the
environment from mining and power station activities was associated with
expressions of distress linked to negative changes to
interviewees’ sense of place, well being
and control. A new concept,
‘solastalgia’, is introduced to help explain the relationship
between ecosystem health, human health and powerlessness. We claim that
as opposed to nostalgia, is a type of homesickness
(distress) that one gets when one is still
“at home”. Future research
will aim to validate a questionnaire to test the hypothesis that
environmental distress is associated with levels of depression, quality
of life, and rates of
stress-related disease, as well as activism and
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Higginbotham, N. and S. Freeman (2003). Do open cuts ever heal: relating
human distress and environmental change. Joint Medical and Health
Sciences Newsletter (Dec): 8-9.
2001 (Return to year index)
Albrecht, G. A. (2001). Applied ethics in human and ecosystem health:
the potential of ethics
and an ethic of potentiality. Ecosystem
Health, 7, (4): 243-52.
2000 (Return to year index)
Albrecht, G.A. (2000) Directionality theory: neo-organicism and
dialectical complexity. Democracy and Nature, 6(3): 63-81.
1999 (Return to year index)
Higginbotham, N., Heading, G., McElduff, P., Dobson, A. & Heller, R. (1999) Reducing coronary
heart disease in the Australian Coalfields: evaluation of a 10-year community
intervention. Social Science & Medicine, 48 (5), 683-692.
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Albrecht, G., Freeman, S. & Higginbotham, N. (1998). Complexity and
The case for a transdisciplinary paradigm. Culture,
Medicine and Psychiatry, 22, 55-92.