The leading causes of ill health and death in the UK are non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart and respiratory conditions, cancer, diabetes and mental health problems. These illnesses cannot be passed from person to person, but our risk of developing them is linked to aspects of the urban environment, including air pollution, and access to greenspace and nature. 

On Monday 13 December 2021, the fourth and final webinar in this series shared emerging findings from UKPRP-funded projects and explored their implications for policy.  Speakers from the TRUUD (Tackling the Root causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development) consortium outlined their work with decision makers and communities to prioritise health in urban decision-making processes.  

TRUUD is focusing on major new infrastructure and transport systems in its case study areas of Bristol and Greater Manchester and is exploring how NCDs can be prevented by changing the way that urban development decisions are made. 


  • Dr Philippa Hemmings, Head of Healthcare Technologies, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
  • Professor Sarah Ayres, Professor of Public Policy and Governance, University of Bristol 
  • Dr Krista Bondy, Associate Professor, Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Management, University of Bath 
  • Angela Hands, Public Health Programme Manager, Healthy Places and Communities Team, Office of Health Improvement and Disparities 

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