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Call for Abstracts: Health in the SDGs: Intersectoral Action for Health

Edited by Sameera Hussain, Dena Javadi, Jean Andrey, Ronald Labonté and Abdul Ghaffar

Health in the SDGs © Courtesy of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems ResearchGlobalization and Health is seeking contributions for an article collection that showcases multisectoral approaches to achieving the health and well-being related goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Member States aim to achieve by 2030. Goal 3 focuses explicitly on health, however, almost all other goals are related to or contribute to health and well-being.

This article collection will focus on policies and programmes outside the health sector – potentially in collaboration with the health sector – that have health implications through commercial, cultural, economic, environmental, political, or social determinants of health. We hope to gather critical lessons on effectively engaging other sectors to enhance their health outputs, identifying co-benefits and ‘win-wins’ that enhance human health.

We look forward to theoretical, review, and empirical submissions that demonstrate active engagement in SDG-related policies and programmes outside the health sector that have an effect on population health.

We expect submissions to take an interdisciplinary and intersectoral perspective, and to apply methods such as policy analysis, embedded research, or systems thinking. Specific areas of interest might include but are not limited to:

  • Three years into the SDG agenda; what are different sectors doing in terms of implementation?
  • Multisectoral and intersectoral action: how sectors outside health are contributing to the achievement of their own SDG target(s) through policies and programmes that affect population health
  • Commercial, social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental enablers and barriers to the achievement of SDGs
  • Contradictions within the SDGs that could undermine their progressive realization and how these contradictions might be challenged or overcome

Globalization and Health and the Guest Editors would like to promote the inclusion of researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines. A two-round process will take place. First, abstracts will be reviewed for consideration in the special issue. Upon review, the Guest Editors will invite selected authors to submit a full paper. Preference will be given to first authors from low- and middle-income countries and to gender-balanced author teams. Collaboration across institutions (across HICs and LMICs) is welcome.

Please submit an extended abstract of 500 words to (must include Introduction/Background, Aim, Methods, Results, and Conclusion) by Tuesday, 8 January, 2019

Queries may be directed to Sameera Hussain or Dena Javadi via

This special issue is supported by the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHSPR) and the Canadian Society for International Health’s SDGs for Health Community of Practice.

There are currently no articles in this collection.