Urban Planning and Public Health

Cecilia Wong, Kathy Pain, Heeseo Rain Kwon, Caglar Koksal

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This editorial serves as the introduction to a special issue of Built Environment, focusing on the convergence of urban planning and public health. As one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, enhancing health remains a critical objective, with the 2030 Agenda underscoring the importance of the 'city' and 'place' as the locus for delivering transformative solutions.

While there exists a corpus of research advocating for prescribed actions to mitigate public health issues and to incorporate health into urban decision-making, these studies frequently skew towards normative and practice-based solutions. Concurrently, there exists a dearth of systematic research dedicated to disentangling the intricate governance structures and the cross-sectoral policy-making dynamics pertinent to urban planning as a solution to public health problems.

This special issue addresses this gap, presenting a compilation of papers that apply a critical theoretical lens and innovative methodological approaches. These resources serve to enrich our comprehension of the interplay amongst different actor groups and policy sectors during the dynamic decision-making process that shapes urban planning. Consequently, this facilitates the delivery of improved public health outcomes within both the United Kingdom and other international contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-165
Number of pages9
JournalBuilt Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2023


  • Integration Of Planning And Public Health
  • Equitable Urban Environments
  • People-Centred Planning
  • Health And Wellbeing
  • Health Determinants
  • spatial planning
  • public health

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Policy@Manchester


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