Rapidly-growing cities represent unique challenges and opportunities. Unplanned growth often outpaces infrastructure development and occurs at the expense of a city’s ecological foundations, undermining residents’ wellbeing and the city’s sustainability.
The SEI Initiative on City Health and Well-being will use novel approaches to investigate how evolving cities are affecting the well-being of residents and how this interacts with the overall health of city systems: What makes a city healthy for its residents? Could citizens be actively engaged in monitoring the health of their city? These are some of the central questions informing our initiative case study activities in Asia and Africa.
Novel methods of data generation and collection will be employed across four interconnected activities in two case study location (Nakuru in Kenya and Udon Thani in Thailand). These activities are:
- Understanding the impact of urban forms’ impact on health and wellbeing
- Co-designing urban citizen science monitoring
- Urban metabolism and participatory modelling
- Governance for greater urban equity and inclusion
The research will contribute to a rethink of urban development practices. The knowledge generated through this action research and boundary partner engagement will inform sustainable and participatory planning for urban environments.
The new evidence we generate will be aimed at guiding policy recommendations to equitably maximize the well-being of urban populations whilst minimizing resource consumption and without undermining their resilience.
What does a healthy and liveable city look like? The SEI CHeW initiative is working with residents of the Northern Thailand city of Udon Thani to find out.
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For two years, an SEI-led team of researchers measured groundwater levels throughout the city in search of answers to Bangalore's water shortage.
Bringing nature back to cities and workplaces - with Steve Cinderby, who has studied the positive connection between green spaces and well-being
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