Environment and Health in a Global Context

Over the years, the focus of IGCC’s environmental policy program has expanded to include the health/environment nexus. Projects on sustainable fisheries, air quality, climate change, and other issues illuminate not only the human cost, but also the economic cost of environmental degradation.

Led by Research Director Joshua Graff Zivin, current research covers transboundary environmental issues such as ozone depletion and water scarcity, and health concerns directly resulting from climate threats.

IGCC hosts a multicampus consortium of researchers that study the interplay of the environment and human capital. Human capital is widely viewed as playing an essential role in the creation of wealth and economic growth, particularly in developing countries. Health and education lie at the core of human capital formation and are profoundly influenced by environmental quality; however, our understanding of these relationships is just emerging. New research will begin to flesh out some of the linkages and help to inform better policy decisions.