Planetary Health Case Studies: An Anthology of Solutions



In November 2017, the Planetary Health Alliance issued a call for planetary health case studies to strengthen and expand the field of planetary health by shining a light on cross-sectoral solutions that optimize human health in the face of anthropogenic environmental change. After receiving submissions and proposals from organizations and institutions worldwide, ten diverse case studies were chosen to create a cohesive anthology of examples ranging in thematic area, problem-solving approach, ecosystem characteristics, and geographic region. Our freelance Case Study Writer, Hilary Duff, traveled the world in 2018-2019 conducting interviews with stakeholders and organization leads to build this anthology of planetary health stories. These cases invite students to reflect on the pressing realities of people living in vulnerability, the complex connections between people and planet, and how the anthropogenic acts of one generation can reverberate through the next.

By weaving together science and stories from individual and community solution-builders around the world, each case study is an opportunity for learners and educators to effectively connect theory with practice and broad knowledge with local realities. In conjunction with other planetary health education resources, such as Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselvesthis anthology seeks to be part of a learning process that equips planetary health citizens with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values relevant to planetary health practice, and enables them to integrate these planetary health competencies into solution-driven actions in the near future.

It is important to highlight that these cases do not provide definitive solutions to planetary health challenges, but rather train learners to generate similar co-beneficial approaches as a group through collaborative work and team decision-making. To achieve this, cases are accompanied by structured teaching guides, which provide an overview of the main themes covered in each case study, as well as learning objectives that can be modified according to learner levels and other contextual factors.

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Case Studies

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About our case study writer


Hilary Duff

Case Study Writer

Hilary Duff is a multimedia journalist who has worked and reported from six continents. She is interested in solution-based storytelling—amplifying the positive changes being driven at every level, from young social innovators in sub-Saharan Africa to national governments in Asia. Prior to creating this case study anthology, Hilary reported extensively on social and environmental entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region for both Canadian NGOs and international projects run by the European Union and the United Nations Environmental Programme. Her website is www.hilaryduff.work

Planetary Health Alliance Case Studies Series



The Planetary Health Alliance is excited to announce the upcoming publication of Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves, co-edited by Dr. Samuel Myers and Dr. Howard Frumkin, in mid-August 2020. Together with Planetary Health Case Studies: An Anthology of Solutions, these two resources are designed to complement one another through corresponding learning themes, objectives, and in-text references. We encourage readers and educators to use the case study anthology and teaching guides in tandem with this seminal book to provide a well-rounded understanding of planetary health in the classroom and beyond. 

You can preorder the book here with discount code PLANET, and inquire about educator examination copies here.


The creation of this anthology would not have been possible without the generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Green Park Foundation, and the key administrative support of Brunel University London.

Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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