What is the purpose of the Commission?

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 affects the spread and effects of such infectious disease outbreaks, to inform what shape urbanisation should take in the future and how to adapt existing urban infrastructure and communities to be more resilient to future outbreaks. The Commission will take a holistic view of these issues, recognising the backdrop of the climate crisis, and taking full account of factors such as poverty and diversity. The target audience is the intersection between policy makers and practitioners in both the local and central governments in the UK and devolved administrations. This includes town planners, architects and urban designers as well as allied professions informing the creation of our built environment.

Who is carrying out the Commission Review?

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, an open Call for Evidence and a series of expert workshops co-ordinated by Dr Juliet Carpenter.  The Prince‚Äôs Foundation is an active partner in the Centre and as such will co-host the Commission. 

How can I find out about the progress of the Commission?

You can stay up to date with the Commission’s progress through our RSS feed which will update as news is released. https://www.healthycitiescommission.org/?feed=rss

What will happen once the Commission is finished?

The Commission will produce a Final Report and the Healthy Cities Toolkit, which is aimed at city practitioners and citizens. These resources will provide evidence of ways to improve the health and wellbeing of people in cities.