Integrating Antimicrobial and Environmental Stewardship Through an Urban Political Ecology Lens, with Raphael Aguiar
Antimicrobial resistance, pandemics, biodiversity loss, and climate change pose simultaneous existential threats, yet coordinated responses that jointly address them through a One Health approach do not exist. An urban political ecology (UPE) lens informs a critical analysis of the governance of antimicrobial stewardship (AMR) by situating AMR risks in relation to global governance and economic forces that shape the social and political co-determinants of antimicrobial and other systemic existential threats already confronted in broader commitments to pandemic prevention and environmental stewardship.
In this seminar, Raphael will discuss how UPE scholarship can contribute to efforts to address AMR. He will present a guiding framework that focuses on rescaling socio-ecological governance approaches to addressing AMR by considering societal relations with nature that affect AMR at the human-animal-environmental interface.
Raphael Aguiar is a Dahdaleh Global Health Graduate Scholar and a PhD candidate in the Health Policy and Equity program at York University. His interests revolve around the design and management of global health programs and interventions and the global health impact of recent patterns of urbanization, the climate crisis, and accelerated human activity. His current research, supported by DI faculty fellows Mary Wiktorowicz and Roger Keil, focuses on urban political ecologies of One Health and the governance of antimicrobial resistance and other emerging global health threats.
With over a decade of experience in the field in Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, Raphael started working in international development as a project manager for the international NGO Humanity and Inclusion (Handicap International). There, he led projects in both humanitarian and development settings. Working with rights-based and field-based approaches, he advanced health and disability equity through primary healthcare delivery as well as adoption and implementation of international conventions and national policies. Raphael then joined the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where he led units focused on knowledge and information management of serious crimes, human rights violations, and administrative issues. Most recently, he worked in crisis risk management at the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordination Office in Cameroon.
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