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Building the business case for Healthy Cities; Counting the cost of diseasogenic cities

Rice, Louis


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Louis Rice
Associate Professor in Architecture


The presentation examines the economic implications of the relationship between the design of cities and urban areas and the resultant health outcomes for the human population. There is now good evidence linking the design of urban areas to differing health and wellbeing outcomes. There has been a rise in ‘diseasogenic cities’ – these are built environments where determinants leading to ill-health are built into the fabric of the city, leading to increased prevalence of disease and infirmity for its inhabitants. In the other trajectory, we see the emergence of ‘healthy cities’ which aim to improve human health and prevent the incidence of ill-health. There are now clearer indications of the economic ‘costs’ of these forms of urban planning. There is a need for closer integration between public health, economists and built environment professionals in order to support the case for healthier cites. The presentation explores some of the broad implications and economic consequences of healthy and diseasogenic cities.


Rice, L. (2021, February). Building the business case for Healthy Cities; Counting the cost of diseasogenic cities. Presented at Economics Webinar Series, Malaysia

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name Economics Webinar Series
Conference Location Malaysia
Start Date Feb 25, 2021
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2021
Keywords healthy cities; diseasogenic cities; wellbeing; public health; economics
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