We all need to learn from research. The ‘City Know-how’ posts unlock lessons arising from the research published in the Cities & Health journal. Whatever your role, or interest, in cities, I hope you will find something stimulating, something of interest and maybe even something that you can put straight into practice.

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Chalk marks of children's play in public space. Hop scotch etc drawn on to the pavement and road.

Published 14/04/19

Reclaiming spaces: Child inclusive urban design

Creating cities for children is creating cities for all. For the attention of: European Child in the City, Municipality of Eindhoven,…

Urban plaza with lots of people in Nottingham, England

Published 25/02/19

The intersection between built environment and behaviour change to improve adult health behaviours

Build it, they might run: Restructuring environments provides opportunity for physical activity but encouraging healthy living also needs social science’s insights…

Published 05/02/19

Reframing the index system for urban green space planning in China: for better public health

Human health must be recognized, in additional to ecological criteria in urban green space planning in China. Take note: Urban designers,…

Children having fun

Published 11/01/19

Evaluation of a municipality’s free play preschool and space

An innovative methodological approach to evaluate the impact of a free play space on children’s play. For the attention of:…

Published 20/12/18

Flexible futures: Children’s agency on the adventure playground

Flexibility promotes agency and is needed for the future of adventure playgrounds and cities. Take note: Play advocates, youth workers, policy…

Published 19/12/18

Can where you live influence your risk factors for chronic disease? Looking at neighbourhood risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Do you live a high-risk community? Snapshots of more than 2000 Canadian neighbourhoods For attention of:  City planners and developers, The…

Published 18/12/18

Nowhere to play? Insights from social media demonstrate the limitless possibilities for city play!

City play: How teens can and do transform public space in cities  Take note: Urban planners, community program leaders, youth…

Published 10/12/18

Can the World Health Organization’s Urban HEART tool be used to measure socio-spatial inequities beyond large metropolitan contexts?

WHO’s UrbanHEART was key to Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 plan to increase equity. But can this tool be used in smaller…

Food access scene using a busy shopping high street

Published 02/11/18

Food access in cities; making it healthy and equitable through better urban planning and governance

Urban planners, economists, health and community policymakers and practitioners share insights in a new study on creating healthy food environments…

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