Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation

The Centre brings together leading and influential thinkers in an interdisciplinary approach embracing evidence based healthcare, sustainable urban development, and education, and provides a collaborative forum for organisations active in these disciplines.

The growing world population is increasingly centred in urban areas. Advances in many aspects of healthcare mean that people are living longer, but rapid and often unplanned urbanisation has impacted their quality of life. Unhealthy diets, reduced physical exercise, and other poor lifestyle choices, have increased demands on healthcare systems and led to greater numbers of premature deaths. Poorly planned urban development has increased pollution, affected housing standards, reduced access to green spaces, and fostered stress-related illness.

The Centre will:

  • Ask vital questions on the role of cities in healthcare and wellbeing to better understand the impact and consequences of urbanisation
  • Create a network of partners that work to improve the health and wellbeing of urban populations to harness collective knowledge and facilitate research
  • Train and inform the next leaders in healthcare and urbanisation to nurture the highest standards
  • Undertake research and scholarship at the intersection of healthcare and urbanisation to inform recommendations for future practice

Central to the work of the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation (GCHU) will be a series of seminars – open to practitioners, researchers, and academics in these and related fields, and to the general public. These thematic seminars will be designed to stimulate lively discussion and encourage engagement on a wide variety of topics that influence our built environment and quality of life.

The Centre will be running a series of seminars – open to the public – during 2019/20. These lively discussions will address contemporary issues in healthcare and urbanisation.

16 October 2019 Next steps? Mixed use, walkable cities
4 December 2019 Managing migration: cities, governance, integration
22 January 2020 Delivering healthcare for rapid urbanisation
11 March 2020 Urban greenspaces and well-being
29 April 2020 Urban design and prevention research
17 June 2020 Healthy cities: future research, evidence and practice
All events take place at 5.30pm in The Hub, Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN

If you would like to discuss becoming a collaborator with GCHU, commissioning research by the Centre, or sponsoring part of its programme, we would be delighted to have an exploratory discussion with you. For this or any further enquiries please contact: or