Urban Transitions 2018 aims to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities including world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental exposures, physical activity, and public health and governance to discuss current challenges and solutions.
Abstract deadline - 18 June 2018
Early booking deadline - 24 August 2018
Author registration deadline: 24 August 2018
Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.
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He has experience and expertise in areas of all cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing.
He leads the international TAPAS study, examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities and the EC funded PHENOTYPE study, examining the relations between green space and health, and the ISGlobal funded SUMA HIA project on health impact assessment in low and medium income countries. He is a co-investigator in ICEPURE, that examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE (and related (VE3SPA), that examines the long term health effects of air pollution, NIH funded CAVA which aims to validate smartphone based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE that aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, EC funded HELIX, that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study, which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, and the EC funded BlueHealth project evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health.
He led the EC funded study EXPASCAN on arsenic and health, the large EC funded HIWATE study on the health effects of chlorination by-products in drinking water, the European funded ENRIECO study, coordinating work on environmental exposure-response relationships of European birth cohorts, and was a co-investigator on the European funded studies such as INTARESE that developed health impact assessment methodology for environmental pollutants.
Furthermore, he has been involved in a number of studies on health effects around point sources (Arsenic around a power plant in Slovakia, mercury emitting sources in Runcorn, UK and cadmium emitting sources in the Avonmouth area, UK), a study on the effect of pesticides bystander exposure and congenital anomalies in the UK, a study of environmental risk factors of hypospadias. and a cohort study of Porton Down veterans evaluating the effects of chemical warfare agents. He has edited three books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and has co-authored more than 300 papers published in peer reviewed journals.
Peking University, China
Professor Pengjun Zhao is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and the director of the Centre for Urban Planning and Transport Studies at Peking University. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Cities (Elsevier).
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He obtained his PhD degree and received postdoctoral training in Urban Planning at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research mostly focuses on sustainable transportation and spatial planning. He has more than 120 research outputs including 3 books and 80 academic papers in international peer-reviewed journal. He has obtained more than RMB 7.2 million of research grants as the Principle Investigator (PI) for 22 research projects.
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bert van Wee is Professor in Transport Policy at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, faculty Technology, Policy and Management. In addition he is scientific director of TRAIL research school.
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His main interests are in long-term developments in transport, in particular in the areas of accessibility, land-use transport interaction, (evaluation of) large infrastructure projects, the environment, safety, policy analyses and ethics.
Local Organising Committee
Mark Nieuwenhuijsen (Chair), ISGlobal, Spain
Bert van Wee, (Vice-chair), Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
Pengjun Zhao, (Vice-chair), Peking University, China
Isabella Anguelovski, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Xavier Basagana, ISGlobal, Spain
James Connoly, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Payam Dadvand, ISGlobal, Spain
Carolyn Daher, ISGlobal, Spain
Howard Frumkin, ISGlobal and University of Washington, USA
Carme Miralles-Guasch, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Ana Novoa, Barcelona Public Health Agency, Spain
Catherine Perez, Barcelona Public Health Agency, Spain
David Rojas, ISGlobal, Spain
Salvador Rueda, BCNEcologia, Barcelona
Jordi Sunyer, ISGlobal, Barcelona
Rosa Surinach, UN Habitat, Spain
Cathryn Tonne, ISGlobal, Spain
Scientific organising committee,
Bruce Appleyard, San Diego State University, USA
Maria Attard, University of Malta, Malta
Eran Ben-Elia, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Luis Bettencourt, The University of Chicago, USA
Mike Brauer, University of British Columbia, Canada
Carme Borrell, Barcelona, Spain
Florinda Boschetti, Polis Network, Belgium
Mattias Braubach, WHO, Switzerland
Bert Brunekreef, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Robert Cervero, University of California Berkeley, USA
Joan Clos, UN-Habitat, Spain
Jason Colburn, University of California Berkeley, USA
Andrew Dannenberg, University of Washington, USA
Adrian Davis, UK
Audrey de Nazelle, Imperial College London, UK
Thiago de Sa, WHO, Switzerland
Ana Diez Roux, Drexel University, USA
Sam Elrahman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Thomas Enqvist, Stockholm Resilience Institute, Sweden
Ulf Eriksson, Trivector, Sweden
Dick Ettema, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Oliver Gao, Cornell University, USA
Regine Gerike, TU Dresden, Germany
Billie Giles-Corti, RMIT, Australia
Thomas Goetchi, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Marcus Grant, Advisor to WHO Healthy Cities programme, UK
Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Susan Handy, University of California Davis
Eva Heinen, University of Leeds, UK
Bianca Hermansen, COurban Design Collective, Denmark
Sara Hoeflich, UCLG, Spain
Barbara Hoffman, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Steve Ison, Loughborough University, UK
Francesco Iacorossi, Mobility Agency of Rome, Italy
Mike Jerrett, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Olga-Ioanna Kalantzi, University of the Aegean, Greece
Charlotte Kelly, University of Leeds, UK
Haneen Khreis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, USA
Michelle Kondo, US Forest Service, USA
Roderick Lawrence, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Peter Lercher, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada
Robin Lovelace, University of Leeds, UK
Winy Maas, MVRDV, The Netherlands
Bhargab Maitra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
Karel Martens, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Jenny Mindell, University College London, UK
Richard Mitchell, University of Glasgow, UK
George Morris, UK
Keshia Pollack, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Marco Ponti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Francesca Racioppi, WHO, Denmark
Elisabeth Raser, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
Christopher Raymond, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Andrew Rundle, Columbia University, USA
Garett Samson, Texas A&M University, USA
Mark Stevenson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Geetam Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India
Bruce Tonn, ThreeCubed, USA
Matilda van den Bosch, University of British Columbia, Canada
Sotiris Vardoulakis, Institute of Occupational Medicine, UK
Ersilia Verlinghieri, University of Oxford, UK
Roel Vermeulen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Edward Owen Douglas Waygood, Laval University, Canada
Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University, Canada
James Woodcock, University of Cambridge, UK
Razieh Zandieh, University of Manchester, UK
Josias Zietsman, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, USA
Mark Zuidgeest, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Scope of the conference
The majority of people live in cities and urbanization is continuing worldwide. Cities have long been known to be society’s predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, yet they are also a main source of pollution and disease. There has been a transition to non communicable diseases (NCDs) in many low and medium income countries, partly due to urbanization and related environmental exposures and lifestyles. Furthermore, climate change is a driver for change. Cities are often characterized by high levels of environmental exposures such as air pollution and noise, heat island effects and lack of green space and physical activity levels. Emerging evidence suggests that (poor) urban and transport planning may be to a large extent responsible for this and may have a large impact on mortality and morbidity in cities. Furthermore the impacts are not equally distributed among the population with the more the more deprived often suffering disproportionately.
The Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda have given new impetus to improve our cities. Paradigms such as sustainable cities, liveable cities, resilient cities, smart cities and healthy cities have been promoted successfully by different communities, but need more alignment to make systematic improvements to cities. New concepts such as car free cities, low carbon cities and nature based solutions and new technologies such as electric vehicles and (shared) autonomous vehicles have been introduced and may improve the urban environment and thereby health.
Current exposure to air pollution, noise and temperature have been associated with adverse health effects including increased morbidity and premature mortality, green space with both positive and negative health effects and physical activity with many health benefits. In many cities there is still scope for further improvement in environmental quality through targeted policies. Environmental factors are highly modifiable, and environmental interventions at the community level, such as urban and transport planning, have been shown to be promising and more cost effective than interventions at the individual level. However, the urban environment is a complex interlinked system.
Decision-makers need not only better data on the complexity of factors in environmental and developmental processes affecting human health, but also enhanced understanding of the linkages to be able to know at which level to target their actions. Cities have come to the forefront of providing solutions for issues such as climate change, which has co-benefits on health, but need better knowledge (see for example C40).
Multi-sectorial approaches are needed to tackle the current problems and therefore we have organized an international conference with world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental science and exposures, physical activity, public health to discuss the current status and challenges and solutions in cities.
The objective of the conference is to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities and presenting the state of the art research and providing solutions to and future healthy visions of our cities.