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Title: Urban policies and the creation of healthy urban environments: A review of government housing and transport policy documents in the United Kingdom
Author(s): Bates, Geoff
Hasan, Md Nazmul
Barnfield, Andrew
Bondy, Krista
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Keywords: Urban health
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2023
Date Deposited: 20-Oct-2023
Citation: Bates G, Hasan MN, Barnfield A & Bondy K (2023) Urban policies and the creation of healthy urban environments: A review of government housing and transport policy documents in the United Kingdom. <i>Journal of Urban Affairs</i>.
Abstract: Urban environments are key health determinants and play a critical role in improving health outcomes and equity. However, urban policies in the United Kingdom (UK) and globally frequently fail to produce healthy towns and cities. Given the highly centralized nature of UK policy, we analyzed national UK policy documents published since 2010 in two key areas of urban policy: housing supply and transport. We found that health is largely absent in narratives shaping urban development and, where health is included, it is as an assumed indirect outcome of delivering other policy agendas. Thus, we recommend that explicit direct and measurable health objectives must be integrated front and center in urban policies, and cross-sector collaboration across national government on health prevention to manage the complex linkages across policy areas. Evidencing the interactive effects between improving health outcomes and dominant urban policy agendas can incentivize shared accountability for health outcomes.
DOI Link: 10.1080/07352166.2023.2260029
Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
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