My favourite paper of the week is: “A complex system perspective on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases: Integrating economic and ecological aspects”

Ceddia, M.G., Bardsley, N.O., Goodwin, R., Holloway, G.J., Nocella, G., Stasi, A. (2013) A complex system perspective on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases: Integrating economic and ecological aspects. Ecological Economics 90, 124-131.  Link.

I particularly enjoyed reading the paper by Ceddia et al (2013) this week in Ecological Economics.

More often than not we tend to forget that the emergence of infectious diseases responds to macroeconomic drivers such as trade and economic growth – that generate destruction of habitats leading to new disease emergence – and that the spread and how impactful they are respond to microeconomic drivers such as the decisions of individuals.

Ceddia et al. explain nicely the complex nature of the system and the multiple causality relationships at different levels. I agree that there is much to be done in the integration of economic and psychological concepts into epidemic models of spread and emergence.

A very interesting paper to read to remind us that disease emergence is not only an epidemiological/genetic process.

(We are about to publish a somewhat related paper in Emerging Themes for Epidemiology for those interested in human behaviour modelling in pandemics link).

 

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