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GCHU welcomes new Research Fellow Dr Astrid Krisch

May 15, 2023

Our Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation recently welcomed new Research Fellow Dr Astrid Krisch to the team. Below, Astrid tells us about herself and her research.


‘I am very excited to join Kellogg and the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

‘I am a spatial planner and human geographer with a primary research interest in sustainable urban planning and development, health policies and structures for healthy and climate-friendly cities. My research centres around questions of sustainability transformations, governance processes, foundational infrastructures for equitable urban development and social innovation in strategic urban planning. I have a background in spatial planning from the Vienna University of Technology and have previously worked as a researcher and project manager at the Research Unit Urban and Regional Research, Institute of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology, and as a researcher and health expert at the Competence Centre Climate and Health at the Austrian National Public Health Institute. My recent work includes the SIAMESE (Social Innovation for Adaptation & Mitigation) project and the APCC Special Report on Structures for Climate-Friendly Living.

‘I am passionate about inter- and transdisciplinary research that focuses on equitable futures. I have increasingly expanded my research activities towards interlinkages between healthy living, basic services, foundational infrastructures, and urban planning, and disseminated my research results to the scientific community, policymakers, and community members. As a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Competence Centre for Infrastructure Economics, Public Services and Social Provisioning, I establish a network of researchers, knowledge and practitioners for the benefit of securing a good life for all.’

I am delighted to share my passion for sustainable urban development and contribute to innovative research on creating healthy cities at GCHU and the wider University of Oxford.