Australian scholar calls for improved interactions between the Sciences and Social Sciences in environmental health research
Dr. Anne Roiko delivered a lecture titled “How to Build Smart Society – Smart Water” on 20 December 2018. The lecture was hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies and attracted academics from a broad range of disciplines. Dr. Roiko formerly worked at the Environmental Protection Department in Hong Kong, but for the last two decades has led environmental health studies at the School of Medicine at Griffith University in Australia.
Dr. Roiko explained how early environmental health studies had resulted in improvements in localised water supplies and wastewater treatment, mainly in the U.K., but that it now focusses on research that makes use of a variety of epidemiological, toxicological and ecotoxicological. She also pointed out how the nature and scale of environmental health threats had changed in recent decades, reflecting expansion of human populations and their impact on natural and built environments, thus requiring a new health paradigm.
The Faculty of Social Sciences is the first in China to establish an integrated platform of research and exchange on Smart Societies. Over the next six months, world-leading experts will come to the Faculty to discuss how we can integrate soft and hard technologies to build smart societies where people can lead better lives.