Building a Methodological Foundation for Impactful Urban Planetary Health Science

Helen Pineo, Camilla Audia, Daniel Black, Matthew French, Emily Gemmell, Gina S Lovasi, James Milner, Felipe Montes, Yanlin Niu, Carolina Pérez-Ferrer, José Siri, Ruzka R Taruc

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Anthropogenic environmental change will heavily impact cities, yet associated health risks will depend significantly on decisions made by urban leaders across a wide range of non-health sectors, including transport, energy, housing, basic urban services, and others. A subset of planetary health researchers focus on understanding the urban health impacts of global environmental change, and how these vary globally and within cities. Such researchers increasingly adopt collaborative transdisciplinary approaches to engage policy-makers, private citizens, and other actors in identifying and evaluating potential policy solutions that will reduce environmental impacts in ways that simultaneously promote health, equity, and/or local economies-in other words, maximising 'co-benefits'. This report presents observations from a participatory workshop focused on challenges and opportunities for urban planetary health research. The workshop, held at the 16th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) in Xiamen, China, in November 2019, brought together 49 participants and covered topics related to collaboration, data, and research impact. It featured research projects funded by the Wellcome Trust's Our Planet Our Health (OPOH) programme. This report aims to concisely summarise and disseminate participants' collective contributions to current methodological practice in urban planetary health research.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2020


  • Impact
  • Planetary health
  • Policy
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Urban health


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