Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & Dan Osborn, University College London

The management of urban built environments for multiple benefits as diverse as public health, economic growth and climate change adaptation creates significant challenges for both evidence and policy. Decision-makers need a better understanding of the benefits and risks of managing, developing and preserving urban green space in a complex policy environment.

This session will present research that aims to understand the relationships and trade-offs between urban greenspace and mental health, physical activity and other health outcomes.

Research will be presented on green infrastructure relevant to planning, human health and well-being, with respect to social capital, public health endpoints (e.g. obesity, physical activity and mental health), air quality, control of climate hazards (flooding, heatwaves), the economy and re-engaging young people with the natural environment.

Speakers:

  • Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dan Osborn, University College London
  • Peninah Murage, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Ian Alcock, European Centre for Environment and Human Health

This session is scheduled for Day 2, 22 May 2019, 10.30am-12pm.