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Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment

Implementing a Systems Approach


Part of the Urban Health and Wellbeing book series (UHWSA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Franz W. Gatzweiler, Yong-Guan Zhu, Anna V. Diez Roux, Anthony Capon, Christel Donnelly, Gérard Salem et al.
    Pages 1-48
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 49-62

About this book


This book addresses up-to-date urban health issues from a systems perspective and provides an appealing integrated urban development strategy based on a 10-year global interdisciplinary research programme created by the International Council for Science (ICSU), and sponsored by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the United Nations University (UNU). The unique feature of this book is its “systems approach” to urban health and wellbeing: solution-oriented for science and society and not purely theoretical, it can be applied in the context of decision-making, and has the potential to unlock cities’ unused potential by promoting health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the inter- and transdisciplinary urban issues addressed in this book are examined from a cross-sectoral perspective – e.g. the transport sector is addressed in connection with air pollution, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and the loss of productivity. The interconnected thinking to urban health and wellbeing makes the book a particularly valuable resource.

Decision makers in city administrations and civil society organizations from different geographical regions will find the book an informative and inspiring guide for delivering towards the goals of the New Urban Agenda, for which health can be the vital indicator of progress. Graduate students and researchers will be attracted by the case studies, systems methods and models provided in the book.


Urban health Urban Wellbeing Systems approach to urban management Conceptual framework Urbanization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.programme on Urban Health and WellbeingThe global interdisciplinary science programme on Urban Health and WellbeingXiamenChina
  2. 2.Chinese Academy of SciencesInstitute of Urban Environment Chinese Academy of SciencesXiamenChina
  3. 3.HealthDrexel University School of Public HealthPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Health, United Nations UniversityUNU International Institute for Global Health, United Nations UniversityKuala LumpurMalaysia
  5. 5.Epidemiology, Imperial College LondonDepartment of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.Université Paris-Ouest NanterreFrance
  7. 7.Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt
  8. 8.Carolina Population CenterDepartment of Maternal & Child Health, Carolina Population CenterChapel HillUSA
  9. 9.National Institute of Pathology New DelhiIndia
  10. 10.New York Academy of Medicine New YorkUSA
  11. 11.The University of TokyoDepartment of Urban Engineering The University of TokyoTokoyoJapan
  12. 12.Delft University of Technology Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  13. 13.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  14. 14.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Colombo ColomboSri Lanka
  15. 15.University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  16. 16.Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of SciencesXiamenChina

About the authors

Franz W. Gatzweiler has a background in agricultural, natural resource, ecological and institutional economics. He has university degrees from the University of Bonn and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Before becoming executive director of the global interdisciplinary science programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing, he was senior scientist at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, where he was principle investigator for research projects on marginality and technological and institutional innovations for rural smallholders, in Subsaharan Africa and South Asia.

Yong-Guan Zhu is a professor of Soil Environmental Sciences and Environmental Biology and the director general of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment
  • Book Subtitle Implementing a Systems Approach
  • Authors Franz W. Gatzweiler
    Yong-Guan Zhu
    Anna V. Diez Roux
    Anthony Capon
    Christel Donnelly
    Gérard Salem
    Hany M. Ayad
    Ilene Speizer
    Indira Nath
    Jo I. Boufford
    Keisuke Hanaki
    Luuk C. Rietveld
    Pierre Ritchie
    Saroj Jayasinghe
    Susan Parnell
    Yi Zhang
  • Series Title Urban Health and Wellbeing
  • Series Abbreviated Title Urban Health and Wellbeing
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Zhejiang University Press and Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-3363-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9855-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3364-3
  • Series ISSN 2510-3490
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-3504
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 62
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou, China
  • Topics Environmental Health
    Environmental Policy
    Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning
    Public Health
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