Planning Australia’s Healthy Built Environments

1st Edition

Jennifer Kent, Susan Thompson

April 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138696365 - CAT# Y286895
Series: Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design


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Planning Australia’s Healthy Built Environments shines a quintessentially Australian light on the links between land-use planning and human health. A burgeoning body of empirical research studies the way urban structure and governance influences human health – and Australia is, in many ways, at the frontline of forging relationships between health and the built environment.

This book takes a retrospective look at many of the challenges faced in pushing this agenda forward, as well as provides a clear and theoretically sound framework to inform this work in the future. Using three practical domains where built environment interventions can be most productively tailored to support health, this book details three key principles to guide healthy built environment research and practice. With an emphasis on context and the pursuit of equity, Susan Thompson and Jennifer Kent supply specific ways to better incorporate idiosyncrasies of place and culture into urban explorations and interventions.

By chronicling the ways health and the built environment scholarship and practice can work together, Planning Australia’s Healthy Built Environments enters into new theoretical debates in this increasingly popular area of research. This book will resonate with both health and built environment scholars and practitioners working to create sustainable and health supportive urban environments.

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