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Planetary health justice: feminist approaches to building in rural Kenya

Patrick, M; Grewal, G; Chelagat, W; Shannon, G; (2020) Planetary health justice: feminist approaches to building in rural Kenya. Buildings and Cities , 1 (1) pp. 308-324. 10.5334/bc.18. Green open access

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Abstract

The planetary health concept describes the relations between health and climate. The inequities that connect these two domains are experienced most by low-resource and vulnerable populations, e.g. the impact of drought on subsistence livelihoods and associated mental health issues. Climate justice and health justice are framed through capabilities and integrated with ecofeminist approaches. Spatial justice is introduced as the ability to conceptualise how these interconnected injustices are mediated through environments. The integration of these theories can provide a justice-based planetary health approach that could overcome several barriers. Design and spatial practice offer processes and tools to understand the complexity of planetary health across scales, systems and relations; and to generate design solutions that promote equity and justice. Practical examples of Global South design projects are presented that connect health and climate. The example of a maternal health project in rural Kenya shows how a conceptual design framework for a justice-based planetary health can contribute to the planetary health.

Type: Article
Title: Planetary health justice: feminist approaches to building in rural Kenya
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/bc.18
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/bc.18
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: architecture, adaptation, climate justice, ecofeminism, Global South, planetary health, spatial justice, Kenya
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105546
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