Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research

Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research

Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research

Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research

Synopsis

Healthy Cites and Urban Policy Research is a collection of papers by leading experts from academia or international organisations who have been involved in the Healthy Cities Movement. It is the first academic work to combine public health with urban planning. Contemporary issues from various perspectives are included which address evaluation, evidence-based practice, accountability, community participation and information technology.

Excerpt

Half of the world's population lives in urban areas. the United Nations estimates that 1995's urban population will double by 2025. By 2015, the world is expected to hold 33 megacities, 20 of them in Asia.

Urbanisation affects human health in unprecedented ways. Attempts to improve the health of citizens necessitate the development of comprehensive schemes integrating a wide range of factors pertaining to urban issues. Therefore, the World Health Organisation has engaged in the Healthy Cities Project since 1986 to institutionalise a system to ensure and promote the health of urban residents.

This book will provide readers with the solid basics of the Healthy Cities Project and help practitioners and researchers bring the project up to a higher level. Furthermore, the book gives clear explanations of the project, practical guidance and directions to those wishing to launch a Healthy Cities project. It can also serve as a supplementary reading for university students in urban planning, public policy, community development and public health.

This book is a collection of eleven papers by leading experts from academia or international organisations who have long been involved in the Healthy Cities movement. This book is a product of a March 2000 conference and is unique as it is perhaps the first academic work to combine public health with urban planning. I hope that this book gives you a better understanding of the Healthy Cities movement and that it gives you a scientific foundation that will improve your urban health planning and policy formation.

Takehito Takano

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