Cities and health: an evolving global conversation
Övrig text i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

The Cities and Health journal sees its launch in 2017. Looking back over half a century of growth and global expansion in economic activity, although there have been societal benefits, negative impacts are starting to take their toll on planetary resources and human health. As we enter what is being termed The Anthropocene, the city is becoming the preferred habitat for humanity. The imprint of city lifestyles, in terms of both resource use and waste, is found across the globe, threatening the ecosystem services that support our health. In cities themselves, due to risks and challenges to health, we are witnessing a rise in non-communicable disease, twinned with infectious disease for the many who live increasingly in informal or slum urban development. High levels of health inequity are found within urban populations. The resultant health problems are placing increasing strain on health services, with pressure only set to increase due to continuing urbanization and ageing populations. Evidence increasingly demonstrates that many aspects of city and neighbourhood form, urban and transport design, and residential environments play an important role in mediating health and health equity outcomes. The new journal Cities & Health is being launched to support political, academic and technical leadership and transdisciplinarity in this field. For this endeavour we will need to re-examine the nature of evidence required before we act; to explore how academics, policy-makers, practitioners and communities can best collaborate using the city as a laboratory for change; and to develop capacity building for healthier place-making at professional and community levels.

Sustainable Development Goals

public health



Healthy cities



Marcus Grant

Världshälsoorganisationen (WHO)

Caroline Brown

Heriot-Watt University

Waleska T. Caiaffa

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Anthony Capon

The University of Sydney

Jason Corburn

University of California at Berkeley

Chris Coutts

Florida State University

Carlos J. Crespo

Portland State University

Geraint Ellis

Queen's University Belfast

George Ferguson

University of Bristol

Colin Edward Fudge

Chalmers, Arkitektur, Stadsbyggnad

RMIT University

Trevor Hancock

University of Victoria

Roderick J. Lawrence

Université de Genève

United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH

Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen

Universitat de Barcelona

Tolu Oni

Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa

Susan Thompson

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Cor Wagenaar

TU Delft

Catharine Ward Thompson

University of Edinburgh

Cities and Health

23748834 (ISSN)

Vol. 1 1 1-9


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