Providing advice and support to policy makers and other stakeholders on environmental and sustainability issues and public health.
Public Health Institute has undertaken a range of projects to provide wide range of stakeholders with intelligence and evidence on the environment, sustainability and the links to public health. In the 21st Century there is an increasing focus on the environment, sustainability and the development of green infrastructure. It is apparent that tackling many of these challenges may have health co-benefits. Reviews of published literature and datasets alongside original research are conducted to explore these issues and understand how they relate to health and to the work of public health professionals and other stakeholders. Recent projects include the use of parks; the impact of climate change upon health; the economic benefits of investing in green infrastructure and the monitoring and evaluation of green projects for community and voluntary groups.
Publications for Environment and sustainability
Papers for Environment and sustainability
Structural, geochronological and geochemical evidence for two distinct thrust sheets in the ‘Main Central thrust zone’, the Main Central thrust and Ramgarh-Munsiari thrust: Implications for upper crustal shortening in central Nepal.
S Khanal, D.M. Robinson, Sema Mandal, Professor Padam Simkhada
Geological Society Special Publication (Vol. 412, pp. 221-245). doi:10.1144/SP412.2, 2014.
Abstract Two orogen-scale thrusts structurally underneath Greater Himalayan (GH) rocks characterize the structural architecture of Himalaya in central Nepal. The Main Central thrust (MCT) is at the base of the GH with the Lesser Himalayan (LH) Robang Formation in the footwall, which is the hanging wall of the Ramgarh–Munsiari thrust (RMT). At Kodari-Tatopani and Malekhu, U–Pb detrital zircon age populations from the RMT sheet yield a maximum depositional age of c. 1838 and c. 1871 Ma. U–Pb analyses of igneous zircons from the RMT sheet yield a crystallization age of c. 1750 Ma at both Galchhi and Kodari-Tatopani. The εNd(0) values of pelitic rocks from the RMT sheet at Kodari-Tatopani range from c. −23 to −25; whereas, GH rocks have values from c. −12 to −18. These data indicate that the RMT sheet carries the Palaeoproterozoic LH rock and the MCT carries the GH rock. At Kodari-Tatopani, the thrust previously mapped as the MCT is interpreted to be the RMT. Positively identifying the RMT sheet in all three locations yields a more accurate kinematic evolution and confirms its orogenic-scale presence in central Nepal.
Professor Marie Claire Van Hout, Tim Bingham
The Mid West Regional Drugs Task Force, 2012.
Professor Marie Claire Van Hout, Hilery Tarrant, Michelle Foley
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 1(11), 39-55., 2012.
Abstract: Ireland has a longstanding history of diverse volunteer action (Volunteering Ireland, 2010a). Ireland’s current economic recession has impacted on the community and voluntary sector, with frequent contraction in staff numbers and incomes, and increasing reliance on volunteer participation (Harvey, 2012). This study utilised social capital theory to garner a phenomenological understanding of the contribution of volunteering to perceived social capital amongst Irish volunteers and host organisation representatives. A convenience sample of 28 participants (17 volunteers and 11 organisation representatives) was interviewed. A shift in personal and social definitions of volunteering were described, with informal volunteering increasingly replaced by structured, formalized and regulated volunteer placements. Volunteers described their experiences as contributing to increased personal well being and sense of purpose, development of friendships and meeting new people. The volunteer participants identified volunteering activity as a specified community need, providing work related experiences, fulfillment in free time and opportunity for up skilling. Integration of volunteers into the organisation’s workforce was described as dependent on duration, intensity of interaction and scope of volunteer contributions. Power differentials and a lack of trust between volunteers and staff, was described, as was a lack of volunteer recognition staff. Subsequently, some volunteers identified and aligned themselves within the wider social volunteer network rather than their host organisation. The research reflected an emergent consumerist approach to volunteering and underscores the need to preserve informal social networks of community volunteers, alongside the development of more formalized work specific routes for volunteering in Ireland.