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Designing cities with health in mind

Public health specialist Prof Mark Stevenson on the need to prioritise physical well-being in our urban planning

We speak to urban epidemiologist Prof Mark Stevenson about the better human health outcomes to be had in cities that emphasize active transport modes like cycling and walking, while discouraging dependence on cars. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

We wanted to quantify for the first time the relationship between how our cities are planned, how that influences our transport choices, and then ultimately the health of citizens in those cities.

Full transcript and more information available here.


Mark Stevenson is an epidemiologist and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Fellow, an Honorary Professor in the Peking University Health Science Centre, China and an advisor for injury to the Director General of the World Health Organisation.

Prof Stevenson has worked on numerous national and international projects that have directly influenced transport policy and worked with both Federal and State Governments in Australia and internationally. He has led many research groups and is internationally recognized in the field of transport safety and public health. Prof Stevenson is the director of the newly established Urban Design, Transport and Health research hub comprising a cross-disciplinary research team exploring how the effects of urban form and transportation influence the health of residents in cities

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