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Healthy Cities

Public Health through Urban Planning Chinmoy Sarkar and Chris Webster, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong and John Gallacher, Department of Psychiatry, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, UK
Mounting scientific evidence generated over the past decade highlights the significant role of our cities’ built environments in shaping our health and well-being. In this book, the authors conceptualize the ‘urban health niche’ as a novel approach to public health and healthy-city planning that integrates the diverse and multi-level health determinants present in a city system.
Extent: 424 pp
Hardback Price: £100.00 Web: £90.00
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78195 571 0
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 445 5
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  • Environmental Geography
  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Social and Cultural Geography
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Cities
  • Urban Studies
  • Planning
Mounting scientific evidence generated over the past decade highlights the significant role of our cities’ built environments in shaping our health and well-being. In this book, the authors conceptualize the ‘urban health niche’ as a novel approach to public health and healthy-city planning that integrates the diverse and multi-level health determinants present in a city system.

The authors trace the origins of public health and city planning, drawing upon the shifting paradigms of epidemiology. Advanced network analysis techniques are employed to examine multi-scale associations between individual-level health outcomes and built environment features such as density, land-use mix and road network configuration.

Healthy Cities will prove a fascinating read for an interdisciplinary body of scholars, practitioners and policy makers within the domains of public policy, regional and urban studies, urban planning, spatial epidemiology, health geography, sociology, public health and psychology.
‘Our cities’ built environments shape our health and well-being, and Sarkar, Webster and Gallacher conceptualize the “urban health niche” as an approach to public health and healthy-city planning. The book is of practical use for those involved in public policy, public health and urban planning. The text also has a place in academia as a good foundation for new research being done by epidemiologists, urban planners, economists, and sociologists.’
– Sheryl D. Landry, International Social Science Review
Contents: Foreword Preface 1. Introduction 2. Tracing the Ever-evolving Relationship between Urban Planning and Public Health 3. The Urban Health Niche: A New Paradigm in Healthy City Planning 4. Spatial Determinants of Health 5. Spatial Design Network Analysis for Urban Health (sDNA-UH) 6. Urban Built Environment Configuration and Psychological Distress in Later Life: Cross Sectional Results from the Caerphilly Prospective Study (CaPS) 7. Built Environment Configuration and Change in Body Mass Index: The Caerphilly Prospective Study (CaPS) 8. Does Accessibility to Health Promoting Services Affect Self-perceived Health, HADS Anxiety and Depression? Findings from a Multi-level Analysis of Older Men in Caerphilly 9. Conclusion References Appendices Index