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A new Scientific Committee for the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme

Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme's Scientific Committee announced.

The International Science Council together with the International Society for Urban Health and the Institute for Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are pleased to announce the appointment of the 2023-24 Scientific Committee (SC) for the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme (UHWB). The SC members will take up their roles with immediate effect until the end of May 2024.

The key role of the Scientific Committee (SC) will be to increase the impact of the programme at the global level in line with the science plan An Interdisciplinary Science-Action Plan for Urban Health and Wellbeing in an Age of Complexity and Systemic Risks (2021 – 2025). The SC will advise the UHWB Secretariat on key activities that would help to deliver strategic priorities and strengthen the programme’s visibility and impact at the global level. The SC is supported by the International Programme Office based at the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The new committee comprises

Abdalhadi Alijla
Research Associate
Varieties of Democracy Institute
Suraj BhattaraiPhysician researcherClinical Research Department, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Wei-Qiang Chen  Director of Resources and Urban Sustainability Research GroupInstitute of Urban Environment,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Rumiana JelevaAssociate Professor of SociologyDepartment of Stratification, Inequalities, Mobility, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Nakamura KeikoProfessorDepartment of Global Health Entrepreneurship, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Roderick J. LawrenceProfessor EmeritusUniversity of Geneva, Geneva School of Social Sciences, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Switzerland
Guru MadhavanDirector, Forum on Complex Unifiable SystemsNational Academy of Engineering, India
Narinder MehraHonorary Emeritus ScientistIndian National Science Academy, India
Akinyinka OmigbodunProfessor, physician, pathologist and medical researcherCollege of Medicine
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Paolo SaldivaProfessor, physician, pathologist and medical researcherFaculty of Medicine, Universidata de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mari Vaattovaara Director of Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies Department of Geosciences and Geography, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability, Finland 
Lan WangDirector, Healthy City WLan LabDeputy Dean of College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China

About the Urban Health and Wellbeing programme

The International Science Council’s Affiliated Body, Urban Health and Wellbeing (UHWB) is a global science programme considering the multi-factorial and systemic nature of the determinants and the manifestations of health and wellbeing in urban environments. Together with the ISC, the UHWB programme is co-sponsored with the International Society for Urban Health, and hosted by the Institute for Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Xiamen, China.

Since its launch in October 2014, it has contributed to advancing the new urban sciences by developing and applying systems approaches for a better understanding of cities as complex systems and how urban environments impact health and wellbeing. It has also been essential in connecting different disciplinary fields and programmes and academic networks for developing a new urban health science, which builds on systems and complexity science to advance our understanding of the role of cities and urban environments for improving health and wellbeing and ultimately, sustainable development.

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