Re-uniting Planning and Health: tackling the implementation gaps in evidence, governance and knowledge, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC has funded a major interdisciplinary seminar series with an overall aim of considering how public health can contribute to urban planning and the delivery of healthy sustainable communities. This series offers a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss the obstacles to reuniting planning and health and identify workable and economically viable solutions that help deliver health outcomes, wellbeing and equity in cities and neighbourhoods.

The series is organised by the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environment at UWE in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE) and partners from the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, Cardiff University, Newcastle University, Bristol University.

This ESRC seminar series supports Public Health England's Healthy People, Healthy Places Programme. The downloadable diagram below explains how.

ESRC series and HPHP programme

Core themes of the seminar series

Three interlinked core themes will be explored in the series:

  1. Public health evidence for spatial planning: who should supply health evidence to planners and what should be the coverage, scale and presentation of public health evidence to meet the needs of spatial planning?
  2. The governance of health and planning: what are the key features of governance and policies to ensure the reuniting of health and planning priorities?
  3. The development of a shared knowledge base through training and professional development: what type of training should be made available to future generations of healthy planners and communities, who should deliver it?

It is intended that the seminar series will be a stepping stone towards an ongoing dialogue between research and practice and will help identify a future agenda for research and capacity building.

Seminar schedule

Seminar 1: Reuniting the Evidence Base for Planning and Health - Public Health England, London, Monday 23 February 2015 - 13:00-16:30

Seminar 2: Evidence, Governance and Policies for Health and Planning
University of Bristol and University of the West of England, Bristol,
Monday 29 June 2015 - 10:00-16:30
PDF documents of the presentations from Seminar 2 are now available for download.

Seminar 3 Impact assessment for health and planning
(University of Liverpool, 8 October 2015)

Seminar 4: Governance and policies for health and planning
(Newcastle University, 7 April 2016)

Seminar 5: Sharing international experience on urban design and planning solutions for promoting health and environmental sustainability
View the full programme.
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, June 2016)

Seminar 6: Round table on Implementing the House of Lords’ “Building better places” report
(Houses of Parliament, 1 November 2016)

Seminar 7: Joint ESRC/TCPA seminar
(London December 2016)

Seminar 8: Reuniting health and planning in the context of the NHS England Healthy New Towns programme to improve the quality of lives and places in England
(Thursday 6 July 2017, Wellcome Collection, Burroughs Room)

For further details, please contact Dr Laurence Carmichael:
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 86450

Twitter: @laurencecarmich