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Cities & Health Call For Papers

Asian City Futures: Spatial form and health

Call closes
30 April 2020

Editorial Information

Lead editor:
Jieling Liu, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Ostrom Workshop, [email protected]

Founding editorial team members:
Sainath Banerjee, National Urban Health Mission, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
Saroj Jayasinghe, Chair Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Shiann-Far Kung, Department of Urban Planning, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan 

For Cities & Health:
Deepti Adlakha, Commissioning Editor for South East Asia, [email protected]
Yonette Thomas, Associate Editor for Women and Girls, [email protected]
Marcus Grant, Editor-in-Chief, [email protected]

Partner organisations supporting this special issue and additional editorial team members to be confirmed.

Cities & Health

Cities & Health has been established to support human and planetary health by sharing the latest international research and practice for urban health and health equity. Our mission is to provide practitioners, researchers and communities with a platform to share, discuss problems to shape solutions from a spatial planning, urban design and physical city governance perspective.

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Cities & Health is seeking contributions for its special issue: “Asian City Futures: Spatial form and health. This special issue will explore emerging issues in Asian cities for the health of people and the health of the planet. We invite a variety of contributions in additional to research papers. Content from practitioners, policymakers and communities are especially welcome.

Thematic background and key questions

  • Cities in Asia are expanding rapidly with growing populations: What kinds of governance, at all scales from local to cross-country co-operation, are needed when the challenge is due to insufficient or unsuitable planning and infrastructure responses?
  • Development patterns in Asian cities have largely been following the well-established Euro-American model: How do we resolve the problematic and urgent implications for people’s health, health equity and planetary health?
  • Asian cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts including heatwaves, sea-level rise, air pollution, extreme weather event and vector-borne diseases induced by atmospheric warming: What is the state-of-the-art understanding of health risks and social vulnerability, as well as adaptation policies in cities across Asia?
  • The form of urban growth is the result of many drivers within complex system of decision-making, policies and financial factors: What processes can tame the worst of the health and health equity impacts?
  • In the vanguard of shaping healthy and sustainable cities we find a wide array of built environment and transport professions: How can we manage hindrance and support for health and health equity in their remit?
  • As Asian cities increasingly embrace the emerging digital technologies and big data across diverse: What innovation, e-tools and open source data can planning professional and decision-makers envision?

There are many pockets of valuable research and good practice whereby the wider determinants of health have been factored into the city development and planning systems. We welcome contributors who aspire to bridge the dividing walls between academic – practitioner – community to solve problems largely created by our divisions.

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