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Seminar – Healthy Cities from the Bottom Up: A Human-centred Approach to Urban and Transport Planning

March 18, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

All are invited to the CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar:

Healthy Cities from the Bottom Up: A Human-centred Approach to Urban and Transport Planning

Dr Andy Hong, Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford.

Watch a recording of this online seminar on Zoom.

Download the slides from this seminar as a PDF.


The rise of chronic diseases coupled with rapid urbanisation presents both challenges and opportunities for cities around the world. However, much of the contemporary urban planning paradigm still rely on top-down approaches to urban development focused on automobility. A more integrated approach to urban and transport planning that supports human-scale urban development is needed. This requires collecting and analysing vast amounts of big data while integrating more nuanced and contextualised information about human behaviours and risk factors.

In this talk, I will discuss some of the key health challenges linked to urban and transport planning, and share lessons and experiences from my research to support and guide local decisions and investments to make healthy cities from the bottom up.

About Dr Hong

Andy Hong is a Lead Urban Health Scientist at The George Institute for Global Health (UK), University of Oxford. Andy is also Co-founder of the Healthy Cities Network, a global nexus of innovators dedicated to sharing cutting-edge information on urban health. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and his graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Washington. His research interests lie at the nexus of urban planning, transport, and public health. He has collaborated actively with international experts, particularly for the development of evidence-based policy solutions to a wide range of global health challenges, from promoting physical activity to reducing the environmental burden of disease in marginalised communities. Andy previously held positions at the University of British Columbia, the Korea Transport Institute, and Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates.


Twitter: @DrAndyHong

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March 18, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


United Kingdom


MRC Epidemiology Unit
01223 330315
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