Biosocial Considerations On Sustainable Health And Development

Öztürk C., Erdil E., Tansel A.

IV. International Conference on Economics (EconTR2023) , Ankara, Turkey, 7 - 09 September 2023, pp.1-135

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-135
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


According to the eco-health approach, environmental and socio-economic sustainability
profoundly affects the health of human beings, the health of animals, and the entire ecosystem.
This study reflects the authors' opinions on establishing the necessary technical and institutional
infrastructure for society to achieve sustainable health and development by managing
uncertainty and disruptions. The study reveals essential problem areas that need to be dealt
with regarding sustainability. Then, it presents the theoretical background and empirical
research findings, a non-linear link between the identified economic indicators and BMI. It is
suggested as a basis for solving societal concerns via the solid link between BMI, nutritional
status, cognitive ability, and time preference. The authors found that the relationship between
all economic growth and development engines and BMI is not monotonous. The authors
consider that these findings manifest cognitive ability-skill development as a cycle that should
be operated for each individual without any break. Lastly, the authors explain their core idea of
innovation policy perspective. It is projected to transform the manifestation of these findings
into a technological and institutional infrastructure. Such projections may enhance sustainable
health and development, and the further reflections of this perspective. "The Sector of Sectors"
is one of these reflections. It can be formed as a result of these processes and significantly
contribute to humanity's ability to successfully cope with the uncertain events that may happen
in the future. Additionally, the authors consider that this perspective's practice can help
recognize any society's technological and institutional deficiencies and its industrial and social
infrastructural capabilities on the path of sustainability.