Health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment: Complex challenges, scientific responses, and the way forward

Xuemei Bai, Indira Nath, Anthony Capon, Nordin Hasan, Dov Jaron

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    With rapid global urbanization, the importance of understanding relationships between the changing urban environment and human health and wellbeing is being increasingly recognized. However, the science underlying the complexity of linkages is poorly developed. In this paper, we explore the different types of health and wellbeing risks in the urban environment, their dynamic, ever evolving nature, and define both their spatial and socioeconomic dimensions. We also present the new innovative program on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment that was launched recently by the International Council for Science (ICSU) wherein an integrated systems approach is recommended to address this complexity. We conclude by identifying key elements needed for the success of the new science initiative
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)465-472
    Number of pages8
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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