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Considering ‘non-acoustic factors’ as social and environmental determinants of health equity and environmental justice. Reflections on research and fields of action towards a vision for environmental noise policies

Riedel, N. and van Kamp, I. and Dreger, S. and Bolte, G. and Andringa, T. and Payne, S. R. and Schreckenberg, D. and Fenech, B. and Lavia, L. and Notly, H. and Guski, R. and Simon, D. and Köckler, H. and Bartels, S. and Weber, M. and Paviotti, M. (2021) Considering ‘non-acoustic factors’ as social and environmental determinants of health equity and environmental justice. Reflections on research and fields of action towards a vision for environmental noise policies. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 11, p. 100445. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.trip.2021.100445. ISSN 2590-1982.

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Abstract

Despite being an overall objective of European policies, health equity and environmental justice have not yet been systematically implemented in environmental policies. Taking control over one’s environment as an element of health equity, we consider intractable exposure to transportation noise as a highly relevant policy field. The European Environmental Noise Directive is designed as a sectoral policy dealing with one environmental health determinant (noise) and drawing on the Global Burden of Disease framework, whereas health equity demands an investigation of the manifold variations in the population by combining adverse noise exposure with salutogenetic (psycho-)social and environmental resources. Such resources or the lack thereof have been referred to as ‘non-acoustic factors’ in noise- and soundscape-related research and can presumably account for vulnerability to transportation noise exposure caused by social and environmental determinants. Thus, we aim to link the current discourse on ‘non-acoustic factors’ with health equity driven by the need to go beyond average exposure–response-relations. After summarising challenges of environmental noise-related health impact assessment from a health equity perspective, we focus on residents’ control – both procedurally and environmentally – to illustrate how social and environmental determinants can cause vulnerability. We advocate to consider ‘non-acoustic factors’ as leverage to promote health equity and environmental justice through three fields of potential action: (1) developing a theoretical and methodological groundwork and multi/interdisciplinary training of students and professionals, (2) introducing comprehensible information and inclusive participation methods, and (3) creating supportive institutional frames and governance modes. The contents of this paper were derived from a workshop held at the University of Bremen in September 2020.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143722/
Document Type:Article
Title:Considering ‘non-acoustic factors’ as social and environmental determinants of health equity and environmental justice. Reflections on research and fields of action towards a vision for environmental noise policies
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Riedel, N.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
van Kamp, I.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dreger, S.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bolte, G.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Andringa, T.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Payne, S. R.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schreckenberg, D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fenech, B.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lavia, L.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Notly, H.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Guski, R.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Simon, D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Köckler, H.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bartels, S.susanne.bartels (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Weber, M.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Paviotti, M.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:24 August 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:11
DOI :10.1016/j.trip.2021.100445
Page Range:p. 100445
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2590-1982
Status:Published
Keywords:EU Environmental Noise Directive; Non-acoustic factors; Health equity; Environmental justice; Vulnerability; Perceived environmental control; Planning procedures
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human Factors
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Sleep and Human Factors Research
Deposited By: Sender, Alina
Deposited On:07 Sep 2021 12:03
Last Modified:01 Oct 2021 12:30

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