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An urban health worthy of the post-2015 era

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Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Dec 2015


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This paper explores the intersections between the newly agreed urban and health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 3 and 11). It argues that while burgeoning studies theorizing cities of the global South have thus far largely failed to engage with the formative role of health in the experience of urban life and politics, concern with “global” health (health in the global South) has been slow to engage with the specific importance of urban issues. As these two interlinked domains skirt past each other, the potentially unifying field of urban health remains arguably marginal and under-theorized within both biomedicine and social science. The paper therefore asserts that a reinvigorated urban heath is crucial not only to realize the urban and health SDGs, but also to capitalize on new, emergent research and opportunities that may emerge as global health work shifts to better reflect the contours of the SDGs.

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