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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Cities & Health

For a Special Issue on
The practice and delivery of health and equity for neighbourhoods and local environments

Manuscript deadline
01 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Jason Corburn, University of California, Berkeley
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Marcus Grant, Editor-in-Chief, Cities & Health
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Gielle Sebag, Internation Society for Urban Health (ISUH)
[email protected]

Francisco Obando, Independent Consultant

Heather Wooton, On Side Partners

Smruti Jukur, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC)

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The practice and delivery of health and equity for neighbourhoods and local environments

Evidence shows us that, in towns and cities all over the world, local living environments frequently detract from population health and often exacerbate health inequities. Unfortunately, such situations are also found in neighbourhoods that have received recent investments as new build, renewal or renovation. Research suggests that there may be no one-size-fits all approach to healthy planning practice for promoting and ultimately achieving the health and equity outcomes we seek.

This special issue seeks to explore the different types of ‘on the ground’ practices, in varied environmental, cultural and political contexts, that hold promise for delivering healthier and more equitable neighbourhoods and local environments for all.

  • Experiences matter. How can the practical experiences of lay, policy and professional communities contribute to the evidence base and evidence-informed action? What are the successes and challenges when practitioners or community co-generate knowledge together with academics?
  • Context matters. When, where and how can we use experiences of what works for accelerating international learning? How do we define and account for local contexts? Where and when can lessons and learning be used to inform others?
  • Practice matters. What do case studies demonstrates in the way of moving from good intentions, to policy, implementation and robust outcomes? What insights can be gleaned from practice?
  • Process matters. For practical action, research methods and implementation processes run in parallel and need to flex together. Do we have good examples and case studies of success and challenges?
  • Learning matters. Success is desired but not always the outcome. Small steps forward can offer valuable knowledge for those involved and for others. What steps worked, how is a platform for future success being built? What worked and what would you do differently next time?
  • All voices matter. To support a range of voices, we welcome a wide range of types of submission in addition to standard academic research papers. Can you communicate lessons and understanding through image-based reflections? We seek contributions emphasizing study tours, place-based and intervention-based images.

We would especially like to use this special issue to share experiences and challenges. Let’s hear about action orientated research, cross-sectoral collaborations, policy and practice. Let’s try and define the next set of key questions, and let’s analytically explore case studies to draw out the lessons we all need.

Submission Instructions

Types of contribution

To hear from many voices, we are open to a wide range of types of contribution, in addition to academic papers.

We invite a variety of contributions including research papers, case studies, photo essays, reflective think-pieces and commentaries. Please see the journal website for details of submission requirements for the different categories of contribution.

We especially welcome contributions from those who aspire to bridge the dividing walls between academics–practitioners–communities, and to solve the problems often created by these divisions.

In addition to empirical, conceptual and review papers, for this special issue, we want to support publication and dissemination of following:

  • Policy briefs and critical analysis of, or commentary on, policy briefs.
  • Photo and image led contributions, debate and case studies.
  • Reflections on individual or team learning experiences
  • Methodological challenges and solutions

Following peer review, satisfactory acceptance, and acceptance of proof layout, all contributions will be published ‘on-line first’, in advance of the completed special issue. At this point, in line with their access profile, they are downloadable and citable.

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