Transforming cities and health: policy, action, and meaning
Journal article, 2020
● How do we achieve action and momentum in transformational change?
● What are the key components for future transformations in terms of governance, business
models, time and sequencing, scaling, leadership and imagination?
● Are there limits and barriers to what can be achieved?
● Do these demands require a more radical and fundamental change and strategic direction?
In responding we note the policy-action gap and the failure to recognise the complexity in policy responses, the continuing growth of cities and the ongoing inability to address basic health needs, and we speculate about the changes that affect the context in which we work over the next decade. We highlight two case studies, where we are involved, that attempt to close the implementation gap and progress transformations. We then offer some further reflections in relation to research and practice in attempting to transform cities and health together to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change, the implementation of the UN SDGs and actions on biodiversity. In discussion, we return to the current pandemic and what this tells us about this moment, future transformations and the possibilities and limits to action.
Colin Edward Fudge
Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning
Environmental Stewardship for Health
Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Technology
Cities & Health
2374-8834 (ISSN) 2374-8842 (eISSN)Vol. 4 2 135-151
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