Research projects

An overview of our key research themes and related projects.

Current research projects

Wellcome trust – Our planet, our health award (2016-2019) - Factoring long-term health impacts into urban development

This project will quantify current and future health costs and benefits of urban environments, helping to make health impacts a priority in urban development planning.

What the project will do

  • Conduct a literature survey to quantify the health costs and benefits of different aspects of urban environments.
  • Use this economic information to gain a better understanding of how to create healthy urban environments.
  • The researchers will collaborate with urban development agencies – such as city authorities – to explore barriers and opportunities for such work.
  • A panel of experts in urban development, policy and impact will support the research.

View full details on the Wellcome Trust project website

ESRC Seminar Series

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.

Find out more about the ESRC Seminar Series.

Public Health England

Healthy People Healthy Places Evidence Tool – Evidence and Practical Linkage for Design, Planning, Policy and Health

Public Health England has commissioned a literature review on the impacts of the built environment on health as well as a series of practical diagrams that illustrate the linkages, and strength of evidence, between spatial planning and health.

For more information, please contact Paul Pilkington, Department of Health and Social Sciences,

+44 (0)117 32 88860


Examples of Past Projects

Some examples of past projects within WHO Collaborating Centre:


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