The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation at Kellogg College, the University of Oxford, is conducting our research, which involves two phases of evidence gathering; a systematic scoping review led by Dr Georgia Richards and a Call for Evidence.
The scoping review is assessing published evidence for creating healthy cities by systematically searching five databases for academic literature and six global organisations websites for grey literature. The review is investigating ten key exposures relating to healthy cities, including
- planning (e.g. green spaces, housing, density, transport, and urban design);
- accessibility (e.g. access to healthcare, facilities, and parks);
- urban services and infrastructure (e.g. sanitation, water, energy, broadband, and digital infrastructure);
- the environment (e.g. physical, urban, climate, pollution, carbon emissions, ventilation, biodiversity, natural habitat, natural disasters, and noise);
- deprivation (e.g. income-levels, socioeconomic status, poverty, and diversity);
- finance and economics (e.g. cost-benefit);
- workplace and employee programmes;
- society (e.g. social networks and relations, human interactions, violence, and crime);
- governance and policy from a range of stakeholders (e.g. practitioners, local and central governments, developed administrations, town planners, architects, urban designers, allied professionals, citizens, legal and civic rights);
- technology and innovation (e.g. smart cities).
The Call for Evidence welcomed submissions from all stakeholders, including practitioners and citizens/users of services in written and/or verbal formats. More details on the submission can be found here.