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 and an open Call for Evidence.  The Prince’s 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

How can I send evidence to the Commission?

To submit evidence, please complete the submission form by 31 August 2021 and send any additional documents relating to your submission via email to gchu@kellogg.ox.ac.uk or by hard copy to GCHU, Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, United Kingdom, OX2 6PN.

What will happen once the Commission is finished?

Whilst the ultimate outcome of The Commission on Creating Healthy Cities will be dependent on the evidence presented to Commission members and the following discussions, The Commission aims to achieve the following. Using evidence from the Sub Groups, International Advisory Board along with a general call for evidence, The Commission will aim to produce a Healthy Cities Toolkit, by which those with a role to managing cities in the UK can score the health of their city and find ways to improve the health of their city from an environmental, social and economic point of view. This will help cities to become more resilient to the effects of current and future global and local infectious disease outbreaks. 

Call for Evidence

Who can provide evidence for the Commission?

Although the Commission is much interested in input from academic research, our scoping review will collect such evidence. Thus, we welcome submissions from everyone including academics, professionals and citizens.

What sort of evidence can I send?

Evidence can be submitted in written (e.g. reports, case studies), verbal (e.g. podcasts, lectures), or visual (e.g. images/figures, drawings) formats.

Can I change or withdraw the evidence I send?

If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact our Administrator via email gchu@kellogg.ox.ac.uk or by phone on +44(0)1865 612035. 

How long will I have to submit any evidence?

To submit evidence, please complete the submission form by 31 August 2021.

What will happen to the evidence I provide?

The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation has engaged two Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Dr Georgia Richards and Dr Juliet Carpenter, to assemble, synthesise, and evaluate the submitted evidence.

Who will be able to read the evidence?

The evidence will be received by being researchers at the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation who will synthesise the evidence. A summary of the evidence will be made openly available online.

Will the Commission contact me after I submit evidence?

You will receive a confirmation email to acknowledge receipt of your submission, and if the Commission requires further information about your evidence, they will seek further input