Sustainable, healthy cities: making the most of the urban transition

Siri, José G., (2016). Sustainable, healthy cities: making the most of the urban transition. Public Health Reviews, 37(22), 1-5

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    Author Siri, José G.
    Title Sustainable, healthy cities: making the most of the urban transition
    Appearing in Public Health Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 37
    Issue No. 22
    Publication Date 2016-10-28
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher BioMed Central
    Start page 1
    End page 5
    Language eng
    Abstract The world is undergoing a massive urban transition, which is now both the greatest driver of global environmental change and the most significant influence on human health. Cities offer real opportunities for improving health, but managed poorly, they can also create or reinforce significant health deficits while putting severe stresses on the natural systems which support human civilization. Management of urban problems is rarely straightforward, as complexity across scales and sectors, in causal structures, actors and incentives, can lead to ineffective policies and unintended consequences. Systems thinking offers a promising way forward in its ability to deal with non-linear relationships and simultaneous actions and outcomes. Encompassing, on the one hand, analytic frameworks and methods that can provide important causal insights and a test bed for urban policy, and on the other, broad processes of inter- and trans-disciplinary engagement to better define problems and feasible solutions, systems approaches are critical to the current and future design and management of sustainable healthy cities.
    Keyword Global environmental change
    Healthy cities
    Systems thinking
    Urban policy
    Urban transition
    Urban health
    Planetary health
    Copyright Holder The Author
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 2107-6952
    DOI 10.1186/s40985-016-0037-0
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