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Dr. Mugerauer Speaks on November 17

How about thinking of health as resilience? That's what Dr. Robert Mugerauer will discuss on November 17th. Using examples from housing, potable water, and landscaping, this presentation argues that the common goal of public health and built environment disciplines should be promoting resilience.
Dr. Mugerauer Speaks on November 17

Health as Resilience: Modulating the Person and Environment Dynamic

November 5, 2010

How about thinking of health as resilience? That's what Dr. Robert Mugerauer will discuss on November 17th. Using examples from housing, potable water, and landscaping, this presentation argues that the common goal of public health and built environment disciplines should be promoting resilience. And he defines resilience as the capacity to overcome perturbations.

Mugerauer is participating in the monthly Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG) discussion at the University of Washington on Wednesday, November 17th, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public in the University of Washington's Health Services Building, Room H670. Click here for a map.

Mugerauer argues that health should not be defined as the absence of disease, the correspondence to "normal" conditions, or the preservation of a fixed state. Rather, health should be understood as our ability to modulate the person<-->environment dynamic, underlying persistence in a positive functional mode.

Robert Mugerauer, PhD is a professor and former dean in the Departments of Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, and Landscape Architecture and adjunct faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. He specializes in the integration of multiple disciplines to explore the rich phenomena of the world and environmental well-being. He uses theory, especially phenomenology, to interpret and plan on behalf of a sense of place and identity. He has remained professionally active as a planner and “human factors” person on design projects.

Dr. Mugerauer's research interests include theory and qualitative research methods, impact of technology on built and natural environments, cultural and social factors in planning and architecture (e.g. sense of place and identity, quality of life).


The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Department of Urban Design and Planning invite you to attend the monthly meetings of the Seattle Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG). This group welcomes public health and planning faculty, researchers, students, practitioners, and others interested in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health of communities.

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