Understand how health and environmental conflicts were generated in the past
When studying the health of a resident population in relation to episodes of environmental pollution, it may be appropriate to involve citizens in the comprehension of the historical context in which critical conditions for health and environment were generated, and how these influenced various social processes inside the community.
How to implement historical research with the involvement of citizens?
Conducting historical research with citizens enables the researcher to recover important documents, collect information, and investigate different points of view about the history of the community affected by the environmental and health problem. The researcher can organize collective events to provide the residents with the opportunity to reflect upon their common history and to address conflicting interpretations by means of “structured discussions”. All such aspects could not be taken into account with a traditional top-down approach.
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Historical Research in Lucca
CitieS-Health Lucca Pilot
In the Cities-Health Lucca pilot, the focus of the historical research was the role and influence of the factory located in the Serchio Valley on the economic, social and cultural life in the area and in particular its impact on environment and health. The main activities were the collection and study of sources on local history, including some provided by citizens themselves, and oral interviews with members of the local population conducted by the historian of the research team. She planned and conducted all phases of her work on the basis of discussions with fellow team researchers and local citizens.
To retrieve citizens’ knowledge about relevant hazardous exposures at the workplace and in the surrounding environment
To retrace the history of the factory since its settlement in the Serchio Valley in order to understand which is the period when the most severe environmental impact occurred.