Segunda-feira, 09 de Maio de 2016Sexta-feira, 13 de Maio de 2016
Belo Horizonte, MG

Indicators for a Healthy City: a Brazil-UK knowledge sharing researcher workshop

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and CONFAP will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil on the 9-13th May 2016.

The workshop is being coordinated by Professor Jennifer Mindell (University College London) and Professor Waleska Caiaffa (Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG). Brazil mentors: Prof. Heloisa Costa & Prof. Renato César Ferreira de Souza. UK mentors: Prof. Julio Davilo & Prof. Laura Vaughan.

Education, income, access to safe jobs, good quality housing, sanitation, clean water and transport (social determinants of health) have very important impacts on health and inequalities. The built environment also affects sustainability: designing cities to make it easy to walk or cycle reduces carbon emissions and promotes health. Cities that maximise population health improve economic productivity, reduce healthcare costs and enhance social welfare. Healthy and Sustainable City Indicators have been developed but assessing inequalities within a city needs more focused intra-urban indicators (IUIs). 

This workshop will develop IUIs for housing and transport in Brazil, a very large, middle income country. Future work can then develop IUIs for other topics and for evaluating policies to improve social circumstances. By making it easier to measure these, policy-makers can target important problems to improve social welfare, health and thus economic development. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Brazil to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Fund Researcher Links programme.

During the workshop the researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster or short oral presentation and to discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Brazil. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations; participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links. The outcome of the workshop will include planned research studies.

Applications are closed. For more information, please contact

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