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New Scientific Committee appointed to Urban Health and Wellbeing programme

The 15-person committee will define strategic and thematic priorities for the interdisciplinary programme and oversee activities designed to improve health and wellbeing in urban areas.

The Governing Board of the International Science Committee is delighted to announce the appointment of the Urban Health and Wellbeing (UHWB) programme Scientific Committee that will lead the programme’s scientific strategy between 2020 and 2022/2023. The ISC Governing Board, and all of the programme’s co-sponsors, thank their partner institutions and membership for the quality and number of nominations received.

The new Scientific Committee comprises 15 members, of which around half are joining the Committee for their first term. Chair of the UHWB Scientific Committee, Philippa Howden-Chapman, said:

“I am delighted to welcome the new members to our Committee. They bring a world of experience and different backgrounds representing the various fields of knowledge that contribute to the urban systems approach.”

The full list of members is as follows:

  • Abdalhadi Alijla, Beirut Orient Institute, Lebanon
  • Suraj Bhattarai, Nepal Academy of Science & Technology, Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Nepal
  • Philippa Howden-Chapman, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Weiqiang Chen, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
  • Jason Corburn, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, US
  • Nakamura Keiko, Tokyo Medical University, Japan
  • Isaac Luginaah, Department of Geography, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Akinyinka Omigbodun, Department of Obstetrics Narro & Gynaecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Tolu Oni, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Celine Rozenblat, Institut de géographie et de durabilité (IGD), Faculty of Geoscience and Environment, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Paolo Saldiva, Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • RB Singh, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
  • Mari Vaattovaara, Institute of Urban and Regional Studies Helsinki, Finland
  • Juan Vela Valdes, National School of Public Health of Cuba and University of Medical Sciences of Habana, Cuba

The UHWB programme is an interdisciplinary research programme of the International Science Council (ISC), supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) and the United Nations University (UNU). Its International Programme Office is hosted by the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) of the Chinese Academy of sciences (CAS) in Xiamen, China.

The programme takes a systems perspective on urban health and wellbeing, in order to generate knowledge which is relevant to people and policy-makers for improving health, reducing health inequalities and enhancing the wellbeing of populations living in urban environments.

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