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Meaningful Engagement an Approach to Healthier Urban Development and Planning

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Although there is substantial evidence of the connection between aspects of the urban environment and poor health, there are challenges in translating that knowledge into change in urban development practice. Applicable knowledge, generated by academics, policymakers, and practitioners, is failing to translate into long-term sustainable reduction in preventable disease. It is accepted that there is a wide range of political, economic, and organizational challenges that manifest as real-world diffi culties for translating knowledge into practice, including limited resources, competing interests, and complex and entrenched processes. However, embedded research is being used to help understand and navigate some of these difficulties by a empting to facilitate better connections between research and practice. Here, we consider the opportunities and limitations of this approach by reflecting on experiences of researchers in residence in two urban areas in England – Greater Manchester and Bristol. We examine the challenges of using health-related knowledge to enhance the uptake of evidence in these dynamic and complex settings. We explore how drawing on academic research and aligning this with the meaningful engagement of practitioners in an action-learning approach to preventable disease reduction, can be assisted by co-developing actions. Building on our case study experience we present a hybrid-collaborative model designed to illustrate the collaborative, iterative and context specific dimensions of action orientated research. We suggest that this approach optimizes the opportunity to use research and evidence to support more sustainable change required to improve urban health.

Document Type: Book Review

Publication date: June 1, 2023

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  • Built Environment is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. With an emphasis on crossing disciplinary boundaries and providing global perspective, each issue focuses on a single subject of contemporary interest to practitioners, academics and students working in a wide range of disciplines. Issues are guest-edited by established international experts who not only commission contributions, but also oversee the peer-reviewing process in collaboration with the Editors.

    Subject areas include: architecture; conservation; economic development; environmental planning; health; housing; regeneration; social issues; spatial planning; sustainability; urban design; and transport. All issues include reviews of recent publications.

    The journal is abstracted in Geo Abstracts, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, and Journal of Planning Literature, and is indexed in the Avery Index to Architectural Publications.

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