Netherlands, Groningen

Urban Strategies for Health Promotion

when 2 July 2018 - 6 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 300

A guided tour through Groningen – one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities and saturated with architectural gems designed by international star designers – kick starts a Summer School that introduces its participants to the urban strategies for health promotion, past and present.

Improving public health by interventions in urban space, society and architecture is nothing new. Since the introduction of sewage systems in the mid-nineteenth century, planners and engineers continued to apply new methods and designs aimed at improving the health of urbanites. Although these approaches were triggered by concrete problems in specific urban settings in the past, they are still key and relevant to today’s urban challenges.

Participants will be doing hands-on research on and fieldwork in a number of neighbourhoods, each representing distinct but also multi-layered health promoting strategies in history. Moreover, the Summer School invites participants to connect the past with the present by exploring the ways in which public health and individual health might be improved through interventions in spatial design and community life.

Course leader

Cor Wagenaar, Stefan Couperus, Marijke Martin

Target group

The topic, health promotion by interventions in urban space, design and society, is multidisciplinary almost by default. The target groups reflect this: we are open to all students who wish to explore the intersections between public health, architecture and urbanism, and governance. Participants may have different backgrounds, ranging from architectural and urban history, cultural history, cultural and social geography, urban studies, public health, medical sciences, urban governance, architectural and urban design, to landscape architecture.
The target group are Students at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level, professionals interested in or involved in urbanism and health

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. Critically assess the ways in which (local) authorities have developed strategies to promote (public) health since the late 19th century
2. Distinguish between a variety of health promotion strategies through time and space
3. Analyse the impact and effectiveness of (public) health policies, past and present
4. Interlink historical legacies and trajectories of health promotion to topical challenges with regard to (public) health promotion in the city

Fee info

EUR 300: The fee includes: participation in the programme, bus tour, bike rentals, lunches, coffee/tea breaks, opening dinner and a farewell dinner

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