Natural Resource Use, Institutions, and Green Ergonomics

  • Ashutosh Sarker
  • Wai-Ching Poon
  • Gamini Herath


Human interactions with natural resource systems, although essential to produce food, fibre, and other material requirements, generate water pollutants, such as heavy metals, that affect river water quality, fishery resources, and public health. This study investigates water pollution in Malaysia from the emerging green ergonomics perspective. We demonstrate that water pollution is linked to natural resource use and public health issues in Malaysia and an integrated polycentric model, based on complex interconnections between stakeholders at local, regional, and national levels, institutions, and policies, can address the river water pollution problem and its green ergonomic impacts. We suggest that stakeholders with interlinked activities share responsibilities and accountabilities to resolve the green ergonomic problems and enhance the sustainable relationship between human well-being and natural resource systems.


Water pollution Fishing practices Public health Green ergonomics Technological innovation Tragedy of the commons Polycentric governance approach Governance policy 


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  • Ashutosh Sarker
    • 1
  • Wai-Ching Poon
    • 1
  • Gamini Herath
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsMonash University MalaysiaBandar SunwayMalaysia

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