November research update

Our apologies for another relatively quiet period following the publication of our eBook. As the academic year begins to settle we hope to be able to dedicate more time to EHRNet and our own research related activities and we have recently updated the ‘events’ and ‘evidence – some signposts’ sections of our website.

eBook update & feedback request

Sales are steady and we are trying to figure out how University libraries could access it, for example by buying a licence from the publisher that enables access for students. Our thanks for all those who’ve contributed initial feedback on the eBook, but we’d very much like to hear from those who’ve now read it, particularly what you think of our arguments and how we can improve in future? Please use the comment facility on our blog or the Lulu website directly. Our thanks also to Chris Day of the CIEH for the following eBook review on page 22 of the November 2012 Environmental Health News:

“EHPs seeking to embark on a research career to run alongside their ‘day job’ will find much to inspire and guide them with the publication in early October of the Environmental Health Research Network’s Evidence, research and publication: A guide for environmental health professionals. This e-book describes in a very readable style why research can and should form part of our professional lives, from projects/dissertations submitted at qualification through academic post-graduate study, and, most significantly, into practice, where working EHPs routinely engage in research that informs the impact of their work personally, and through publication, the work of colleagues elsewhere. This book reflects the personal experience of its five authors… but focuses on the skills of ‘doing’ research and seeing the outcome through to publication.” (Day, 2012)

Re-launch of Journal of Environmental Health Research

In the same article (http://www.ehn-online.com/Resources/article.aspx?id=7774 for CIEH members only) by Chris Day on page 22 of the November 2012 Environmental Health News we welcome the re-launch of the Journal of Environmental Health Research and look forward to continuing to support EH professionals in publishing in future JEHRs.

Publication of recent CIEH (London) HMO Study Group meeting article

In the final chapter of our eBook we urge EH professionals to write up their notes from meetings/presentations and circulate them to colleagues to encourage critical discussion of environmental health issues. With this in mind it was great to see Bill Page, EHRNet member and chair of the CIEH (London) HMO Study Group, writing up and then publishing (via EHN-online) the recent CPD seminar at the London Borough of Newham on regulation and the private rented housing sector ‘in the current climate’ as the politicians say! Bill’s article is available for free via: http://ehn.cieh.org/news/article.aspx?id=7740.

Research resources – Regulating Scotland  

Andrew Watterson and Rory O’Neill are two leading UK environmental health academics from the University of Stirling and we look forward to reading their recently published publication Regulating Scotland: What works and what does not in occupational and environmental health and what the future may hold. The publication is available for free via: http://www.regulatingscotland.org/ and was recently introduced by Prof. Watterson in EHN Online (via: http://www.ehn-online.com/news/article.aspx?id=7916) . A brief glance suggests that it demonstrates exactly why EH professionals need to become more research active and engaged with the evidence and macro-politics of our work. We plan to review it shortly here, but in the meantime readers might be interested in the following very similar reference which can also be downloaded for free via the following reference:

Vickers, I. (2008) Better Regulation and Enterprise: the case of environmental health risk regulation in the UK Policy Studies,Vol. 29 (2) pp. 215-232 (via: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/3607/1/Vickers_-_Better_Regulation_and_Enterprise.pdf)

Research resources – Bad Pharma – by Ben Goldacre

We refer several times in our eBook to Ben’s previous book Bad Science, particularly as an example of how evidence is distorted towards political and market ends. BadPharma continues these theme with a more in depth exploration of the global pharmaceutical industry. Luisa Dillner’s review of BadPharma can be read via this link:  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/17/bad-pharma-ben-goldacre-review)

Research resources – Ecological public health – by Geof Rayner and Tim Lang

In the New Year Caroline and Rob plan to write a paper discussing the role of EH professionals in response to Rayner and Lang’s important new model of ecological public health. In the meantime as we develop our thinking and early drafts we’d both be very happy to hear from any EH professionals who’ve read this groundbreaking public health book.

With best wishes,

Jill, Caroline, Surindar, Alan and Rob

 

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