The GEDB has initiated collaborations with several research groups including medical professionals, psychologists, behavioural economists and food actors, to tackle everything from antibiotic resistance to human health, habitats, and food production. This research is linked to the ambition to support innovation and asset management of landscapes, seas and the biosphere as a whole. This is an emerging research front with many undiscovered connections for health, welfare and sustainable development which we hope will result in new research avenues and understanding of global health.

Research will focus on:

  • Antimicrobials as a global health ‘commons’ in need of stewardship and transformation in we govern their use
  • Critical pathways and food system leverage points to achieve a rapid transition to healthy and sustainable diets for all humans – with a potential equity dimension
  • Biosphere and human health impacts from non-linear global environmental change and how this is connected to food production and consumption. Trying to understand the connectivity and the effects on human health and biosphere health on how we are currently producing and consuming food. What might be the surprising risk areas?

Current projects:

  • AMResilience

AMResilience is a project funded by the fifth call of Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). The project aims to better understand how interventions against antimicrobial resistance shape resilience and transformability. It attempts to document which interventions work to limit antibiotic resistance across animal and human health. The project covers a wide range of fields regarding antimicrobial resistance, as the idea is to have a ‘One Health’ approach. This approach includes Human Health, Animal Health, Environmental perspectives and prevention, control and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance from Public Health policies and regulation perspectives.

  • Global food production and health 

How does production of food impact human health? This project focuses on identifying and understanding risks and vulnerabilities in the global food production system. Using a global approach to investigate emergent patterns, and potentially emergent risks, that are not visible at the regional or local level. Similarly, looking at the food production system as a single system rather than separate sectors (e.g. fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture) allows for investigation into the how these sectors are connected and its implication on risk and sustainability.

  • Sustainable use of marine resources

The project looks into the sustainable use of marine resources at a global scale. It looks at how different marine resource use activities interact with each other and their implication for sustainability.

  • Non-Linear change and human health

Using the lens of the global food system, this new project (under development) will look into how non-linear environmental change created by food production and consumption impact human health. This could be through the antibiotic use, climate contributions, diversity of systems, inputs into food production.