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.

Related Publications

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Arku RE, Dionisio KL, Hughes AF, Vallarino J, Spengler JD, Castro MC, Agyei-Mensah S, Ezzati M

Personal particulate matter exposures and locations of students in four neighborhoods in Accra, Ghana

Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 25 (6), pp. 557-566, 2015.

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Pope CA 3rd, Ezzati M, Dockery DW

Tradeoffs between income, air pollution and life expectancy: brief report on the US experience, 1980-2000

Environmental Research, 142 , pp. 591-593, 2015.

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Bennett JE, Li G, Foreman K, Best N, Kontis V, Pearson C, Hambly P, Ezzati M

The future of life expectancy and life expectancy inequalities in England and Wales: Bayesian spatiotemporal forecasting

Lancet, 386 (9989), pp. 163-170, 2015.

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Dominici F, Wang Y, Correia AW, Ezzati M, Pope CA 3rd, Dockery DW

Chemical composition of fine particulate matter and life expectancy in 95 US counties between 2002 and 2007

Epidemiology, 26 (4), pp. 556-564, 2015.

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Zhou Z, Dionisio KL, Verissimo TG, Kerr AS, Coull B, Arku RE, Koutrakis P, Spengler JD, Hughes AF, Vallarino J, Agyei-Mensah S, Ezzati M

Chemical composition and sources of particle pollution in affluent and poor neighborhoods of Accra, Ghana

Environmental Research Letters, 8 , pp. 044025, 2013.

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