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International Journal of Society Systems Science
International Journal of Society Systems Science


Special Issue on: "Health, Disease, Environment and Longevity"

Guest Editor: Prof. Ian G. Cook, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

One of the great successes in human society over the last few decades has been the increased proportion of the elderly. People in many countries can now expect to live into their 70s or 80s, if not longer. Despite concerns over pensions and so on, this is to be celebrated.

However, threats to longevity still persist. These threats include such Malthusian checks as floods and famine, drought and persistence of traditional disease vectors. But these are now compounded by such neo-Malthusian risks as global warming/climate change, global pandemics such as SARS, HIV/ AIDS and H1N1, and over-consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

The aims of this special issue are to explore the linkages between health, disease, environment and longevity in order to identify patterns, processes and policies of relevance to human society.

Subject Coverage
Topics such as, but not limited to, the following are welcomed:
  • The persistence of Malthusian threats locally, nationally, globally
  • The rise of neo-Malthusian threats, at different scales
  • Linkages between factors of health, disease and longevity
  • Health and disease modelling
  • Policy development that might prove effective in meeting these and future threats

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Receipt of papers: 31 May 2010

Peer review completed: 3 September 2010

Final drafts received: 26 November 2010