Filip Maric (PhD) is an Associate Professor in physiotherapy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His research interests and activities span the fields of critical physiotherapy, healthcare ethics, planetary health, sustainable healthcare, environmental physiotherapy and related approaches, as well as the environmental post/humanities.
Filip is the founder and executive chair of the Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA) and project lead of the EPT Agenda 2023 – an international project aiming at the integration of environmental and sustainability perspectives into physiotherapy education. Other activities include convening the German-speaking section of the Critical Physiotherapy Network and the UiT Environmental Humanities network, as well as sea kayaking, hiking and ski touring.
Filip is also a member of the UiT Sustainability ThinkTank led by Vice-Rector Rikke Gürgens Gjærum and represents the UiT Faculty of Health Sciences in a Norwegian national collaboration focussed on the implementation of sustainability education into all Norwegian medical, health and care education, led by the UiO SHE Center for Sustainable Healthcare Education.
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Publications outside Cristin
Planetary Health Alliance (2021). The Planetary Health Education Framework. Guzman-Faerron, C.A. & Potter, T. (Eds.). Harvard: Planetary Health Alliance.
Planetary Health Alliance (2021). The São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health. https://www.planetaryhealthalliance.org/sao-paulo-declaration. Accompanying The Lancet publication: Myers SS, Pivor JI, Saraiva AM. The São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health. Lancet 2021; published online Oct 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02181-4
Maric, F., El-Seoud, N., Becker, M. Czernik, C., Halm, E., Moers, S., Richter, R., Rogan, S., Vogel, B., Zuber, S., Höppner, H. (2021). Kritische Physiotherapie: die deutschsprachige Sektion des Critical Physiotherapy Network (DCPN) stellt sich vor. physioscience, 17:34-38. 10.1055/a-1335-3997
Maric, F., Nicholls, D., Mostert, K., Culpan, J., Stone, O., van Wijchen, J., Kennedy, M., Long, I., Bundtzen, T. (2020). The Environmental Physiotherapy Agenda 2023. Oslo: Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA). ISBN: 978-82-303-4491-0.
Maric, F. (2019). Ruf nach einer oekologischen Physiotherapie. PT – Zeitschrift für Physiotherapeuten (Germany), November 2019 Issue.
Maric, F. (2017). Physiotherapy and Fundamental Ethics - Questioning Self and Other in Theory and Practice (PhD Thesis). New Zealand: AUT University Auckland.
Maric, F. (2011). Researching the Self, the Other and their relationship in physiotherapy: a theoretical and methodological exploration of autoethnography (Master Dissertation). New Zealand: AUT University Auckland.
- Planetary Health, EcoHealth, One Health, sustainable healthcare, environmental physiotherapy
- Critical theory, ethics, environmental post/humanities
- Post/qualitative research
Current research projects:
- The Environmental Physiotherapy Agenda 2023; implementing planetary health, environmental and sustainability education in global physiotherapy training. Environmental Physiotherapy Association; Role: Project lead / Principal Investigator
- The Posthuman Walking project: The multiplicity of walking with pain in diverse landscapes of care. Project leads: Dr Shirley Chubb, University of Chichester, UK, & Dr Clair Hebron, University of Brighton, UK. Role: Partner university/researcher.
- Food access and food systems mapping with people with disabilities in Nellmapius. Project leads: Dr Karien Mostert & Helga Lister, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Role: partner researcher
Current international supervision:
- Ntinga, M.N. (PhD study, ongoing). “Izandla Ze-wele ziyaphilisah” A decolonial co/autoethnography of professional identity formation in South African physiotherapy. University of Cape Town, South Africa (Role: Co-supervisor).
- Struthers, N. (PhD study, ongoing). Nature-based prescriptions to reduce the personal, social, environmental, and global burdens of rehabilitation. Western University, Ontario, Canada (Role: Advisory committee member).
- Food access and food systems mapping with people with disabilities in Nellmapius (University of Pretoria, South Africa / project member)(Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Students combined Bachelor thesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
- Physiotherapists experiences with the use of nature in treatment: A qualitative interviewstudy (Bachelor, UiT)
- Plaisant, M. (2022). A discourse analysis of sustainability in physiotherapy (Bachelor thesis, University of Furtwangen, Germany)
- Andreassen, A. & Pedersen, S. (2022). How well is Tromsø designed for supporting active transportation? (Bachelor thesis, UiT The Arctic University of Norway).
- Grønvold, H. (2022). Measures for improving the environmental sustainability of Norwegian physiotherapy practice (Bachelor thesis, UiT The Arctic University of Norway).
- Lund, K. & Klæboe Enevoldsen, A. (2022). How (much) is 'the social' of the biopsychosocial model represented in Norwegian physiotherapy education (Bachelor thesis, UiT The Arctic University of Norway).
- Indgjerdingen, S. & Henriksen, S. (2022). Does outdoor walking have better physical and physiological effects than indoor walking on a treadmill? (Bachelor thesis, Oslo Metropolitan University)
- The knowledge, attitudes and practices of health professionals regarding environmental sustainability - (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Students combined Bachelor thesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
- Spencer, J. (2021). The UN Agenda 2030 SDGs and physiotherapy clinics (BHSc excellence track project, Saxion University, Netherlands)
- Ytreberg, E. & Bøen Grave, N.M. (2021). Klinisk håndtering av overvektige artosepasienter i fysioterapipraksis. Bachelor thesis. NFF studentprisen 2021
- Schüssler, R. (2021). Embodied and experiential planetary health education (Bachelor thesis, University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Filip Maric (PhD) teaches around the following topics in the UiT Bachelor programme in physiotherapy:
- Society and public health
- Sustainable healthcare, Planetary Health and Environmental Physiotherapy
- Critical theory, posthumanism and environmental humanities in physiotherapy and healthcare
- Post/qualitative research methods
- Research skills and supervision of Bachelor projects
- Therapeutic touch and musculoskeletal physiotherapy
- Relational anatomy and assessment
In addition to his teaching in the Bachelor program in physiotherapy, Filip also teaches in different courses across several faculties at UiT:
- GEO-3118 Environmental Geology (Geosciences, Master)
- SVF-3402 Critical Global Challenges (Ocean Leadership, Experience-based Master)
- Master in healthcare professional development
- ERG-2610 Public health and inclusive communities (Occupational Therapy, Bachelor)
Filip Maric is also the project lead of the Environmental Physiotherapy Content Development Project on Physiopedia, the largest available free-access and continually updated physiotherapy knowledge resource used by people in every corner of the world. He is also the coordinator of the Environmental Physiotherapy Programme on Physioplus, the continuous professional development platform of Physiopedia.
Member of research group
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Founder and Executive Chair Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA)
Chair of the German-speaking section of the Critical Physiotherapy Network (CPN)
Editorial Board Member, Open Physio Journal - An open access, peer-reviewed journal for physiotherapy education
- Low-carbon research methods group
- UArctic Thematic Network on Health and Wellbeing in the Arctic
- Norwegian Physiotherapist Association