Urban Health

Cities are home to a rising majority of the world’s population. The concentration of knowledge, innovation, economic activity, healthcare, education, and other public services gives cities the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of their residents and those of other parts of the country. We use interdisciplinary data and novel methods to measure and phenotype complex urban environments and to evaluate the health impacts of urban policies and urban change, with particular emphasis on inequalities in urban environment and health among different parts of a city and difference social groups. The work involves both intensive field monitoring campaigns for in-depth measurement of urban environment and health in specific cities, and the use of emerging big-data sources such as imagery, to measure and phenotype cities’ environment and track how they change.

As part of this work, we lead the Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities Study in which academic and policy partners develop and model the impacts of policy scenarios related to housing and the built environment, transportation, water, sanitation and waste management, and urban services on health and health inequalities.

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Adjei-Boadi D, Agyei-Mensah S, Adamkiewicz G, Rodriguez JI, Gemmell E, Ezzati M, Baumgartner J, Owusu G (Ed.)

Neighbourhood, built environment and children’s outdoor play spaces in urban Ghana: Review of policies and challenges

Landscape and Urban Planning, 218 , pp. 104288, 2022.

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Chang J, Deng Q, Guo M, Ezzati M, Baumgartner J, Bixby H, Chan Q, Zhao D, Lu F, Hu P, Su Y, Sun J, Long Y, Liu J

Trends and Inequalities in the Incidence of Acute Myocardial Infarction among Beijing Townships, 2007–2018

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (23), pp. 12276, 2021.

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Clark SN, Bennett JE, Arku RE, Hill AG, Fink G, Adanu M, Biritwum RB, Darko R, Bawah A, Duda RB, Ezzati M

Small area variations and factors associated with blood pressure and body-mass index in adult women in Accra, Ghana: Bayesian spatial analysis of a representative population survey and census data

PLoS Medicine, 18 (11), pp. e1003850, 2021.

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Yu J, Dwyer-Lindgren L, Bennett J, Ezzati M, Gustafson P, Tran M, Brauer M

A spatiotemporal analysis of inequalities in life expectancy and 20 causes of mortality in sub-neighbourhoods of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1990–2016

Health and Place, 72 , pp. 102692, 2021.

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Rashid T, Bennett JE, Paciorek CJ, Doyle Y, Pearson-Stuttard J, Flaxman S, Fecht D, Toledano MB, Li G, Daby HI, Johnson E, Davies B, Ezzati M

Life expectancy and risk of death in 6791 communities in England from 2002 to 2019: high-resolution spatiotemporal analysis of civil registration data

Lancet Public Health, 6 (11), pp. e805-e816, 2021.

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