Who can influence healthy urban development?

Anna Le Gouais*, Marc Cooper

*Corresponding author for this work

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Built and green environments can influence population health and wellbeing. Creating healthy places involves multiple wider determinants of health considerations. It is complex, with many types of stakeholders who may have competing interests and priorities. This article presents learning from a regeneration project in a city in England by a practitioner and embedded researcher in local government. Based on learning from conducting a Health Impact Assessment for a regeneration project, structured around 11 wider determinants of health categories, we examine how health-related issues relevant to large scale urban development can be influenced by different stakeholders. This focuses on developers, local government, and members of the public. This experience may help inform how public health interventions can be developed and targeted to effectively influence creation of healthier places: using Health Impact Assessment approaches; understanding stakeholder influence; and benefiting from embedded researcher knowledge of complex systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCities & Health
Early online date20 Jun 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2024

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