Lunchtime talk on the topic: The role of urban planning in enhancing health and climate equity
In the context of increasing urbanisation, the role of urban planning is gaining in importance. The design of urban living spaces offers solutions for future challenges: resilient cities not only aim to mitigate the impacts of climate change, but also positively influence the quality of life, housing, and recreation of urban population. In addition, it can be seen as a lever to promote health and reduce the impacts of pre-existing inequalities. Flashlights on science, on practice and on policy will outline the triple-win potential of urban planning in terms of climate change mitigation, health promotion and social equity.
We are pleased to welcome to following experts, who will share their expertise and will be available for Q&A:
Natalie Mueller, Barcelona Institut for Global Health (ISGlobal): “The research perspective: health impacts of urban and transport planning practices and the way forward to build resilient, environmentally-just and healthy cities for all.”
The flashlight on science will outline scientific research and it’s methods to gain insight in lived realities of European cities. Which policy solutions result from research in Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, Bradford and how can urban planning approaches contribute to health and climate equity?
Natalie Mueller is an Assistant Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). She is an environmental epidemiologist studying how cities, their built environments and transport systems, affect human health and well-being and how health impacts are differentially distributed across the population, according to underlying socioeconomic vulnerabilities. She has strong expertise in environmental exposure assessment, risk assessment and health impact assessment (HIA).
Alba Godfrey, EuroHealthNet: “The practice perspective – involving communities to foster a triple-win for health, climate and equity”
The flashlight on practice will showcase how to act on the environments in which people live, making health-promoting, sustainable solutions accessible to everyone. It will focus on participatory approaches to involve all population groups in a green, fair and healthy transition to more sustainable lifestyles.
Alba Godfrey is a Project Coordinator at EuroHealthNet. Currently, she leads EuroHealthNet’s work in the Horizon 2020 PSLifestyle project, which is co-creating an application to enable and encourage European citizens to take personalised steps towards more sustainable lifestyles. She also worked on the Horizon 2020 INHERIT project, aiming to improve health, equity, and environmental sustainability. Alba holds a BA in History and a MA in International Relations.
Maria Vassilakou, Vienna Solutions: “The policy perspective – healthy streets are made for walking. Managing the transition from policies to projects”
If we agree that walking is key to inclusive healthy cities, most of our cities currently face the challenge of a major transformation: rethinking the street as a place for life, reallocating urban space, designing bottom-up policies involving local communities and, most importantly, translating policies into projects. All this can be tackled jointly by involving the entire urban ecosystem.
Drawing from 10 years of experience as Vienna’s Vice Mayor for urban development, mobility and climate protection, Maria Vassilakou will „walk“ us through good practices and will share her policy-based know-how. Maria is the founder of Vienna Solutions, a network of experienced Viennese urban experts. She works worldwide as an advisor on urban transformation. Since 2019, she is a member of the EU Horizon Mission experts board on Climate neutral smart Cities.
Judith delle Grazie
Head of Department on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (VII/A/4)
Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
Hosting and moderation
Senior Health Expert at the Competence Centre on Climate and Health
Gesundheit Österreich GmbH
We are looking forward to your participation. Please register by CLICKING HERE.
*** The event will take place in the framework of the European Public Health Week – Health throughout the life course and is co-organised by the Competence Centre on Climate and Health ***