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Manchester Ecosystem / Digital Futures: Urban Health & Post – COVID Recovery Event

June 10 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

This GM Connected Health Ecosystem is being held in collaboration with the Digital Futures Health & Care and Cities and Environments themes. We will be meeting in-person at Citylabs 1.0 where refreshments and a free lunch will be provided.

Understanding the multifaceted relationships between our changing urban environments and human health and wellbeing has long been recognised but often poorly understood by those with responsibilities for designing and managing our cities. For the past 30 years or so the WHO European Healthy Cities Network has led the way in attempting to steer healthier urban environments.

Despite this we still have evidence showing large variations in healthy outcomes for residents across different parts of cities. In this Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem workshop we are bringing together a range of experts in health informatics and urban planning and spatial analysis to explore how we can work more closely together and develop innovative responses in support of healthy cities.


10.00 – 10.15 Registration / Tea & Coffee

10.15 – 10.20 Introduction: Niels Peek (Professor of Health Informatics, The University of Manchester)

Richard Kingston (Prof. of Urban Planning & GISc, The University of Manchester)

10.20 – 10.30 ECHAlliance Update: Andy Bleaden (Community director, ECHAlliance)

10.30 – 10.40 Healthy urban planning and design: Dr Razhieh Zandieh (Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning, The University of Manchester)

10.40 – 10.50 Manchester Urban Observatory: Dr Tom Bannan (Research Fellow, National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences) & Dr Ettore Murabito (Data Lead for MUO)

10.50 – 11.00  Tackling Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development: Prof Cecilia Wong (Professor of Spatial Planning)

11.00 – 11.10 Population Health Databases: Niels Peek / Evan Kontopantelis

11.10 – 11.55 Breakout Groups

11.55 – 12.15 Feedback Session

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch / Networking

Registration for the Connected Health Ecosystem is now open – tickets are limited, so we recommend securing your place now.