The Wellbeing Impact of Urban Nature, by Fiona J. Clarke

By Fiona J. Clarke, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. Cities can be stressful. And equally, they can be put under stress themselves. When we consider the wellbeing impact of urban nature, we tend to think principally of human health and perhaps environmental health, too. But what about the health of the cities that … Continue reading “The Wellbeing Impact of Urban Nature, by Fiona J. Clarke”

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Balancing citizen wellbeing and ethics in times of crisis. Systems mapping of expert policy advice.

By Dr Sarah Ball, Dr Robert Lepenies, Professor Holger Strassheim, and Dr Jessica Pykett The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital role that behavioural expertise and behaviourally-informed public policies can play in keeping people safe and in understanding risky or health-promoting behaviours, such as compliance with social distancing rules. The public health decision making landscape is a complex one, involving … Continue reading “Balancing citizen wellbeing and ethics in times of crisis. Systems mapping of expert policy advice.”

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Planning a post-covid wellbeing economy – what can we learn about policy innovation from Operation Moonshot? by Sarah Ball and Jessica Pykett

“It aims to radically rethink how governments and policymakers currently perceive their capacity to act in a global economy. ” In early September 2020 the UK government’s plan for reopening the economy in the new COVID-19 world was leaked. This plan outlined a goal to eventually rollout 10 million tests per day, allowing people ‘to … Continue reading “Planning a post-covid wellbeing economy – what can we learn about policy innovation from Operation Moonshot? by Sarah Ball and Jessica Pykett”

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Connecting older citizens through research to foster urban wellbeing, by Grace Wood

Covid-19 has had a substantial impact across the globe, bringing about strange and isolating experiences that has changed life as we knew it. Continually adapting to multiple lockdowns, frequently changing policy and guidelines, and being separated from loved ones, all whilst trying to find a new ‘norm’ has made it a very tough year. Older … Continue reading “Connecting older citizens through research to foster urban wellbeing, by Grace Wood”

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Expertise and Ethics in Times of Crisis: where and when should ethics come into play? By Sarah Ball, Robert Lepenies, Jessica Pykett, Holger Strassheim

The Centre for Urban Wellbeing at University of Birmingham is currently working on the early stages of a project with researchers at the University of Bielefeld, University of Melbourne and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, which will explore how governments and policymakers incorporate ethical concerns into their decision making processes. Some of the … Continue reading “Expertise and Ethics in Times of Crisis: where and when should ethics come into play? By Sarah Ball, Robert Lepenies, Jessica Pykett, Holger Strassheim”

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Designing policy strategies for urban wellbeing – why knowing what works is not enough, by Jessica Pykett

This blog post previously appeared at the Power to Persuade blog Global anxiety about urban stressors The accelerating pace of urbanisation globally has generated new anxieties about our relationship with and experience of cities. Urban challenges such as traffic, air pollution, noise, stress, overcrowding, socio-economic inequalities, food insecurity, excessive waste, ill-health, exclusion, conflict, privatisation of … Continue reading “Designing policy strategies for urban wellbeing – why knowing what works is not enough, by Jessica Pykett”

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