Urban Design and Health

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Recent trends such as globalisation and urbanisation, combined with an ageing population and population growth, result in new challenges for public health. To tackle these emerging public health issues, novel approaches are required.

In recent years, urban regeneration has widened its approach not only to give cities a new and more competitive look but also to boost cultural, economic and societal aspects. Those operations might result in gentrification processes which are demonstrated to have negative impacts on the population with a lower socioeconomic status (SES). Negative impacts include social relationship and daily routine disruption, psychosocial stress, health accessibility, stigmatization and discrimination resulting in anxiety and depression. Other studies highlight how adults who live in lower SES areas are more prone to develop psychological distress. Instead, an inclusive approach to urban regeneration can improve the living conditions of the inhabitants with new services, resources, safety and social relationships.

This e-collection examines the relationship between built environment and health by presenting evidence from the papers that are recently published in the European Journal of Public Health. This evidence can support decision-makers in innovative policies, strategies and tangible actions in order to face contemporary public health challenges.

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