Healthy Cities

The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Value-Based Urban Planning

  • Evelyne de Leeuw
  • Jean Simos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Healthy Cities in History

  3. Regional World Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Jean Simos, Françoise Belemel Naissem, Jonas Naissem, Fatoumata Maïga Sokona, Jean de Dieu Konongo, Amidou Sani et al.
      Pages 89-132
    3. Nastaran Keshavarz Mohammadi, Mohammad Assai, Samar ElFeky
      Pages 133-149
    4. Marilyn Rice, Cris Franceschini, Nina Wallerstein, Raul Mercer, Karina Cimmino, Lucero Rodriguez et al.
      Pages 151-213
    5. Trevor Hancock, Tyler Norris, Réal Lacombe, Fran Perkins
      Pages 215-240
    6. Helen Wilding, Ronald Gould, Julia Taylor, Annette Sabouraud, Patricia Saraux-Salaün, Dionysia Papathanasopoulou et al.
      Pages 241-292
    7. Keiko Nakamura, Ai Chaobang John Ashton
      Pages 293-313
    8. Evelyne de Leeuw, Anna Stevenson, Gwyn Jolley, Sandra McCarthy, Erik Martin
      Pages 315-337
  4. Grand Healthy City Challenges and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Jean Simos, Evelyne de Leeuw
      Pages 341-357
    3. Mardie Townsend, Claire Henderson-Wilson
      Pages 375-394
    4. Evelyne de Leeuw, Vivian Lin
      Pages 395-405
    5. Evelyne de Leeuw
      Pages 407-437
    6. Trevor Hancock, Clem Bezold
      Pages 449-462
    7. Evelyne de Leeuw, Geoff Green
      Pages 463-487
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 505-515

About this book


This forward-looking resource recasts the concept of healthy cities as not only a safe, pleasant, and green built environment, but also one that creates and sustains health by addressing social, economic, and political conditions. It describes collaborations between city planning and public health creating a contemporary concept of urban governance—a democratically-informed process that embraces values like equity. Models, critiques, and global examples illustrate institutional change, community input, targeted assessment, and other means of addressing longstanding sources of urban health challenges. In these ambitious pages, healthy cities are rooted firmly in the worldwide movement toward balanced and sustainable urbanization, developed not to disguise or displace entrenched health and social problems, but to encourage and foster solutions.

Included in the coverage: 

  • Towards healthy urban governance in the century of the city
  • Healthy cities emerge: Toronto, Ottawa, Copenhagen
  • The role of policy coalitions in understanding community participation in healthy cities projects
  • Health impact assessment at the local level
  • The logic of method for evaluating healthy cities
  • Plus: extended reports on healthy cities and communities in North and Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East
Healthy Cities will interest and inspire community leaders, activists, politicians, and entrepreneurs working to improve health and well-being at the local level, as well as public health and urban development scholars and professionals.                                                                                                                              


Healthy Cities movement Ottawa Charter World Health Organization (WHO) global health health promotion urban health urban planning urban development urbanization healthy city policies community development health planning social planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Evelyne de Leeuw
    • 1
  • Jean Simos
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Health Equity Training, Research & Evaluation (CHETRE)University of New South Wales, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Ingham InstituteLiverpoolAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Global HealthUniversity of Geneva, Campus BiotechGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-6692-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-6694-3
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