Tackling the Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development Decision-making

UKPRP award £6.6 million for 5 years, with additional in-kind investment from the consortium’s partners

This consortium will investigate urban planning and development systems with a view to embedding the prevention of risk factors that give rise to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and health inequalities in decision-making on planning.

Our research

This consortium will investigate urban planning and development systems with a view to embedding the prevention of risk factors that give rise to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and health inequalities in decision-making on planning. The work will build on previous research funded under initiatives such as Wellcome’s Our Planet Our Health. The UKPRP funding will now increase understanding of the barriers and opportunities to creating healthy urban environments by focusing on the actors who influence it – landowners, developers, investors, local and devolved government, communities, etc. – and the systems of governance relating to decision-making about the urban environment. The intention is to target leverage points in the complex, urban planning and development system with economic valuation of health impacts. This will be achieved by examining the systems in two major UK cities by partnering with Bristol City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The consortium will consider case studies (on streets for all, clean air zone etc.) in these areas before co-producing other interventions that will be informed by literature reviews and engagement with stakeholders and the lay public.

On 25 September 2019 the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) held a kick off meeting with the award holders from the first funding round. The slides presented by TRU3D are available to download (PPT, 31MB).

Consortium members

The consortium’s membership includes:

  • A range of academic disciplines, such as urban planning and development, corporate governance, law, economics and public health.
  • Bristol City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
  • Other key users such as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Bristol Health Partners, and the Royal Town Planning Institute amongst others.

For further details about TRU3D see: https://www.bristol.ac.uk

Alistair Hunt

Lecturer in Environmental Economics

University of Bath

Kathy Pain

Professor of Real Estate Development

Henley Business School, University of Reading

Cecilia Wong

Professor of Spatial Planning and Director of the Spatial Policy and Analysis Lab

Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester

Arpana Verma

Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Head of the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care

University of Manchester

Andy Gibson

Associate Professor in Public Involvement

University of the West of England

Paul Pilkington

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

University of the West of England

Nick Pearce

Director of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Professor of Public Policy

University of Bath

Ges Rosenberg

Research Fellow in Engineering Systems and Design

University of Bristol

Ben Hicks

Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Head of Engineering Systems and Design, Director Strategic Alliances

University of Bristol

Krista Bondy

Associate Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management

University of Bath, School of Management

Jonathan Dovey

Professor of Screen Media

University of the West of England

Judi Kidger

Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow in Public Health

University of Bristol

Rona Campbell

Professor of Public Health Research, NIHR Senior Investigator, NIHR School for Public Health Research (Deputy Director and Bristol lead)

University of Bristol

Gabriel Scally

Honorary Professor of Public Health

University of Bristol

Sarah Ayres

Professor, Public Policy and Governance

University of Bristol

Neil Carhart

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering

University of Bristol

John Coggon

Professor of Law, Centre for Health, Law and Society

University of Bristol

Eleonora Fichera

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Department of Economics

University of Bath

Paddy Ireland

Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

University of Bristol

Daniel Black

Programme Director – TRU3D

University of Bristol