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Healthy Cities

Edited by Jason Corburn

© 2015 – Routledge

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About the Book

While the fields of modern city planning and public health emerged together in the nineteenth century to address urban inequities and infectious diseases, they were largely disconnected for much of the twentieth century. In the twenty-first century, planning and public health are reconnecting to address the new health challenges of urbanization and globalization: from racial and ethnic disparities to land-use sprawl, to providing basic services to the millions of urban poor around the world living in informal slum settlements.

Reconnecting the fields of planning and public health to address these and other twenty-first-century urban health challenges is the focus of this new four-volume collection from Routledge. It brings together the very best foundational and cutting-edge research and scholarship.

Table of Contents

Volume I

1. Why We Need More Healthy Cities?

1. David Vlahov et al., ‘Urban as a Determinant of Health’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 84, 1, 2007, 116–26.

2. Susan Mercado, Kirsten Havemann, Mojgan Sami, and Hiroshi Ueda, ‘Urban Poverty: An Urgent Public Health Issue’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 84, 1, 2007, 7–15.

3. Trudy Harpham, ‘Urban Health in Developing Countries: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?’, Health & Place, 15, 2009, 107–16.

4. Christopher Dye, ‘Health and Urban Living’, Science, 319, 5864, 2008, 766–9.

5. Peng Gong et al., ‘Urbanisation and Health in China’, The Lancet, 379, 9818, 2012, 843–52.

6. Sharon Friel, Michael Marmot, Anthony J. McMichael, Tord Kjellstrom, and Denny Vågerö, ‘Global Health Equity and Climate Stabilisation: A Common Agenda’, The Lancet, 372, 9650, 2008, 1677–83.

7. David Satterthwaite, ‘Editorial: Why is Urban Health So Poor Even in Many Successful Cities?’, Environment and Urbanization, 23, 1, 2011, 5–11.

2. Healthy Cities in Practice

8. Leonard J. Duhl, ‘The Healthy City: Its Function and its Future’, Health Promotion International, 1, 1, 1986, 55–60.

9. Evelyne De Leeuw, ‘Evidence for Healthy Cities: Reflections on Practice, Method and Theory’, Health Promotion International, 24, S1, 2009, 19–36.

10. Diana Mitlin, ‘With and Beyond the State: Co-production as a Route to Political Influence, Power and Transformation for Grassroots Organizations’, Environment and Urbanization, 20, 2, 2008, 339–60.

11. Roderick J. Lawrence and Colin Fudge, ‘Healthy Cities in a Global and Regional Context’, Health Promotion International, 24, S1, 2009, 11–18.

12. Scott Burris, Trevor Hancock, Vivian Lin, and Andre Herzog, ‘Emerging Strategies for Healthy Urban Governance’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 84, 1, 2007, 154–63.

13. Françoise Barten et al., ‘Rights, Knowledge, and Governance for Improved Health Equity in Urban Settings’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 88, 5, 2011, 896–905.

14. Trudy Harpham, Salma Burton, and Ilone Blue, ‘Healthy Cities Developing Countries: The First Evaluation’, Health Promotion International, 16, 2, 2001, 111–25.

15. Eeva Ollila, ‘Health in All Policies: From Rhetoric to Action’, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 39, S6, 2011, 11–18.

3. Cities, Planning, and Public Health in Historical Context

16. Jason Corburn, ‘Returning to Our Roots: American Urban Planning and Public Health in the 21st Century’, Urban Affairs Review, 42, 688, 2007, 688–713.

17. Nancy Krieger, ‘Epidemiology and Social Sciences: Toward a Critical Reengagement in the 21st Century’, Epidemiologic Reviews, 22, 1, 2000, 155–63.

18. Howard Waitzkin, ‘One and a Half Centuries of Forgetting and Rediscovering: Virchow’s Lasting Contributions to Social Medicine’, Social Medicine, 1, 1, 2006, 5–10.

19. Stanley K. Schultz and Clay McShane, ‘To Engineer the Metropolis: Sewers, Sanitation and City Planning in Late Nineteenth Century America’, The Journal of American History, 65, 2, 1978, 389–411.

20. W. E. B Du Bois, ‘The Health and Physique of the Negro American. Report of a Social Study Made Under the Direction of Atlanta University; Together With the Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference for the Study of the Negro Problems, Held at Atlanta University, on May the 29th, 1906’; repr. in American Journal of Public Health, 93, 2, 2003, 272–6.

21. George Rosen, ‘The First Neighborhood Health Center Movement: Its Rise and Fall’, American Journal of Public Health, 61, 8, 197, 1620–37.

22. J. R. Ashton, ‘From Healthy Towns 1843 to Healthy Cities 2008’, Public Health, 123, 1, 2009, e11–e13.

Volume II

4. The Built and Social Environments and Health in Cities

23. Sandro Galea, Nicholas Freudenberg, and David Vlahov, ‘Cities and Population Health’, Social Science & Medicine, 60, 5, 2005, 1017–33.

24. Ana V. Diez-Roux, ‘Investigating Neighborhood and Area Effects on Health’, American Journal of Public Health, 91, 11, 2001, 1808–14.

25. Sally Macintyre, Anne Ellaway, and Steen Cummins, ‘Place Effects on Health: How Can We Conceptualise, Operationalise and Measure Them?’, Social Science & Medicine, 55, 1, 2002, 125–39.

26. Kimberly Morland, Steve Wing, Ana Diez Roux, and Charles Poole, ‘Neighborhood Characteristics Associated with the Location of Food Stores and Food Service Places’, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 22, 1, 2002, 23–9.

27. Lawrence D. Frank et al., ‘Many Pathways from Land Use to Health: Associations Between Neighborhood Walkability and Active Transportation, Body Mass Index, and Air Quality’, Journal of the American Planning Association, 72, 1, 2007, 75–87.

28. Anne Ellaway, Michaela Benzeval, Michael Green, Alastair Leyland, and Sally Macintyre, ‘"Getting Sicker Quicker": Does Living an a More Deprived Neighbourhood Mean Your Health Deteriorates Faster?’, Health & Place, 8, 2012, 132–7.

5. Beyond the Built Environment: Healthy Places

29. Sharon Schwartz and Kenneth M. Carpenter, ‘The Right Answer for the Wrong Question: Consequences of Type III Error for Public Health Research’, American Journal of Public Health, 89, 8, 1999, 1175–80.

30. Steven Cummins, Sarah Curtis, Ana V. Diez-Roux, and Sally Macintyre, ‘Understanding and Representing "Place" in Health Research: A Relational Approach’, Social Science & Medicine, 65, 9, 2007, 1825–38.

31. Margaret W. Leung, Irene H. Yen, and Meredith Minkler, ‘Community-Based Participatory Research: A Promising Approach for Increasing Epidemiology’s Relevance in the 21st Century’, International Journal of Epidemiology, 33, 3, 2004, 499–506.

32. Eric Klinenberg, ‘Race, Place and Vulnerability’, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of a Disaster (University of Chicago Press, 2002), pp. 79–128.

33. Arturo Escobar, ‘Culture Sits in Places: Reflections on Globalism and Subaltern Strategies of Localization’, Political Geography, 20, 2, 2001, 139–74.

34. Sharon Friel et al., ‘Addressing the Social and Environmental Determinants of Urban Health Equity: Evidence for Action and a Research Agenda’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 88, 5, 2011, 860–74.

6. Toxic Stress, Discrimination, and Healthy Cities

35. Arline T. Geronimus and J. Phillip Thompson, ‘To Denigrate, Ignore, or Disrupt: Racial Inequality in Health and the Impact of a Policy-Induced Breakdown of African American Communities’, Du Bois Review, 1, 2, 2004, 247–79.

36. Bruce S. McEwen, ‘Physiology and Neurobiology of Stress and Adaptation: Central Role of the Brain’, Physiological Review, 87, 3, 2007, 873–904.

37. Jack P. Shonkoff, Andrew S. Garner, and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care, ‘The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress’, Pediatrics, 129, 1, 2011, 232–8.

38. Pamela J. Sawyer, Brenda Major, Bettina J. Casad, Sarah S. M. Townsend, and Wendy Berry Mendes, ‘Discrimination and the Stress Response: Psychological and Physiological Consequences of Anticipating Prejudice in Interethnic Interactions’, American Journal of Public Health, 102, 5, 2012, 1020–6.

39. Gilbert Gee, Katrina Walsemann, and Elizabeth Brondolo, ‘A Life Course Perspective on How Racism May be Related to Health Inequities’, American Journal of Public Health, 102, 5, 2012, 967–74.

Volume III

7. Housing, Segregation, and Health in the City

40. James Krieger and Donna L. Higgins, ‘Housing and Health: Time Again for Public Health Action’, American Journal of Public Health, 92, 5, 2002, 758–68.

41. David R. Williams and Pamela Braboy Jackson, ‘Social Sources of Racial Disparities in Health’, Health Affairs, 24, 2, 2005, 325–35.

42. Shaaban Sheuya, Philippa Howden-Chapman, and Sheela Patel, ‘The Design of Housing and Shelter Programs: The Social and Environmental Determinants of Inequalities’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 84, S1, 2007, 98–108.

8. Urban Health Impact Assessment

43. Ben Harris-Roxas et al., ‘Health Impact Assessment: The State of the Art’, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 30, 1, 2012, 43–52

44. T Kauppinen, K Nelimarkka, and K Perttilä, ‘The Effectiveness of Human Impact Assessment in the Finnish Healthy Cities Network’, Public Health, 120, 11, 2006, 1033–41.

45. Jason Corburn and Rajiv Bhatia, ‘Health Impact Assessment in San Francisco: Incorporating the Social Determinants of Health Into Environmental Planning’, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 50, 3, 2007, 323–41.

46. Mirco S. Winkler et al., ‘Untapped Potential of Health Impact Assessment’, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 91, 4, 2013, 298–305.

47. Eva Elliott and Gareth Williams, ‘Developing A Public Sociology: From Lay Knowledge to Civic Intelligence in Health Impact Assessment’, Journal of Applied Social Science, 2, 2, 2008, 14–28.

9. Slum Health: The Twenty-first-Century Challenge for Healthy Cities

48. Alon Unger and Lee W. Riley, ‘Slum Health: From Understanding to Action’, PLOS Medicine, 4, 10, 2007, 1561–6.

49. Alan Gilbert, ‘The Return of the Slum: Does Language Matter?’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31, 4, 2007, 697–713.

50. David Satterthwaite, ‘The Millennium Development Goals and Urban Poverty Reduction: Great Expectations and Nonsense Statistics’, Environment and Urbanization, 15, 2, 2003, 179-190.

51. Sharon A. Sheuya, ‘Improving the Health and Lives of People Living in Slums’, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1136, 2008, 298–306.


52. Gabriel Gulis, Joshua Anam Amos Mulumba, Olivia Juma, and Beatrica Kakosove, ‘Health Status of People of Slums in Nairobi, Kenya’, Environmental Research, 96, 2, 2004, 219–27.

53. Jane Weru, ‘Community Federations and City Upgrading: The Work of Pamoja Trust and Muungano in Kenya’, Environment & Urbanization, 16, 1, 2004, 47–62.

54. Sumila Gulyani and Ellen M. Basset, ‘Retrieving the Baby From the Bathwater: Slum Upgrading in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 25, 4, 2007, 486–515.

55. Kefa M. Otiso, ‘State, Voluntary and Private Sector Partnerships for Slum Upgrading and Basic Service Delivery in Nairobi City, Kenya’, Cities, 20, 4, 2003, 221–9.

Volume IV

Rio de Janeiro/Latin America

56. John P. Ehrenberg and Steven K. Ault, ‘Neglected Diseases of Neglected Populations: Thinking to Reshape the Determinants of Health in Latin America and the Caribbean’, BMC Public Health, 5, 1, 2005, 119.

57. Célia Landmoon Szwarcwald, Jurema Correˆa da Mota, Giseli Nogueira Damacena, and Tatiana Guimara Þes Sardinha Pereira, ‘Health Inequalities in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Lower Healthy Life Expectancy in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Areas’, American Journal of Public Health, 101, 3, 2011, 517–23.

58. Daniel Becker et al., ‘Network of Healthy Communities of Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’, Global Health Promotion, 14, 2, 2007, 101–2.

59. M. S. Zanchetta, B. Kolawole Salami, M. Perreault, and L. C. Leite, ‘Scientific and Popular Health Knowledge in the Education Work of Community Health Agents in Rio De Janeiro Shantytowns’, Health Education Research, 27, 4, 2012, 608–23.

60. Rosina Aquino, Nelson F. de Oliveira, and Maurico L. Barreto, ‘Impact of the Family Health Program on Infant Mortality in Brazilian Municipalities’, American Journal of Public Health, 99, 1, 1999, 87–93.


61. Siddharth Agarwal, ‘The State of Urban Health in India: Comparing the Poorest Quartile to the Rest of the Urban Population in Selected States and Cities’, Environment and Urbanization, 23, 1, 2011, 13–28.

62. Sundar Burra, ‘Towards a Pro-Poor Framework for Slum Upgrading in Mumbai, India’, Environment and Urbanization, 17, 1, 2005, 67–88.

63. Neel M. Butala, Michael J. VanRooyen, and Ronak Bhailal Patel, ‘Improved Health Outcomes in Urban Slums Through Infrastructure Upgrading’, Social Science & Medicine, 71, 5, 2010, 935–40.


64. Somsook Boonyabancha and Diana Mitlin, ‘Urban Poverty Reduction: Learning by Doing in Asia’, Environment and Urbanization, 24, 2, 2012, 403–21.

65. Somsook Boonyabancha, ‘Baan Mankong: Going to Scale with "Slum" and Squatter Upgrading in Thailand’, Environment and Urbanization, 17, 1, 2005, 21–46.

66. Arif Hasan, ‘Orangi Pilot Project: The Expansion of Work Beyond Orangi and the Mapping of Informal Settlements and Infrastructure’, Environment and Urbanization, 18, 2, 2006, 451–80.

67. John Minnery et al., ‘Slum Upgrading And Urban Governance: Case Studies in Three South East Asian Cities’, Habitat International, 39, 2013, 162–9.

10. Toward a New Science Policy for Healthy Cities

68. Sven Dierig, Jens Lachmund and J. Andrew Mendelsohn, ‘Toward an Urban History of Science’, Osiris, 18, 2, 2003, 1–19.

69. Jason Corburn and Alison K. Cohen, ‘Why We Need Urban Health Equity Indicators’, PLOS Medicine, 9, 8, 2012, 1–6.

70. Edmundo Werna and Trudy Harpham, ‘The Evaluation of Healthy City Projects in Developing Countries’, Habitat International, 19, 4, 1995, 629–41.

71. Evelyn de Leeuw, ‘Do Healthy Cities Work? A Logic of Method for Assessing Impact and Outcome of Healthy Cities’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 89, 2, 2011, 217–31.

72. Yvonne Rydin et al., ‘Shaping Cities for Health: Complexity and the Planning of Urban Environments in the 21st Century’, The Lancet, 379, 9831, 2012, 2079–108.

About the Editor

Jason Corburn is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, jointly appointed in the Department of City & Regional Planning and the School of Public Health. He co-directs Berkeley's joint Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, Global Metropolitan Studies and leads the Center for Global Health Cities.

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Built Environment

Titles in the Critical Concepts in Built Environment series bring together the most significant and influential writings on key themes within topics across Architecture, Planning, Construction, Landscape and Property.  Edited and introduced by leaders in the appropriate fields, the volumes include essential readings from a wide range of sources. Each collection provides a thorough overview of the topic and debates surrounding it, creating a valuable resource for researchers, academics and students.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban