The Commission on Creating Healthy Cities

The Commission on Creating Healthy Cities (CCHC) is run by the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation (GCHU) at Kellogg College, the University of Oxford, in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation. The Commission will investigate the links between urban matters and health and wellbeing. 

The Commission launched in December 2020 and will conclude in Summer 2022.  Four meetings were held for the Main Commission and three meetings for each Sub Group and the International Advisory Board.


With an ever-increasing proportion of the global population residing in densely populated urban environments, it is vital to consider how city design and use impacts the health and wellbeing of residents and the spread and severity of infectious disease outbreaks. The Commission will use evidence from global events to inform urbanisation and how existing urban infrastructure and communities can adapt to become more resilient in future outbreaks.  

The Commission will listen, learn, and recommend. While the Commission will focus its recommendations on the UK context, it will also assess the global evidence.  

The Commission will take a holistic view of these issues, recognising the backdrop of the climate crisis and taking account of factors such as poverty and diversity. The target audience is the intersection between policymakers and practitioners in the UK’s local and central governments and devolved administrations, including town planners, architects, urban designers, and allied health professionals, to inform the creation of our built environment. 

Sub Groups

The Commission formed three Sub Groups, each chaired by a Commissioner, including: 

  1. The built environment, design, and place-making
  2. Transport, movement, infrastructure, and technology
  3. Health and wellbeing

The Main Commission and all Sub Groups considered the theme of ‘Governance and decision making’.

International Advisory Board 

The International Advisory Board (IAB) worked alongside the Main Commission and Sub Groups. Their role was to ensure that the Commission considered how international communities work towards healthy cities. The IAB represented civic leaders and academics from India, China, Latin America, Africa, the USA, Europe and Australia.  

Proposed outcomes 

The Commission aimed to produce an interactive report of recommendations by Summer 2022 and the Healthy Cities Toolkit of evidence to understand what factors impact the health and wellbeing of those living and working in cities and identify interventions to improve the health of city populations.