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Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment

July 11, 2017

The Worlds population is growing and the world is becoming increasingly urban. In 2012, the world counted 7 billion people with about 54% living in cities. In 2050 world population will have reached 9.5 billion with an estimated 66% (6.3 billion) living in cities (United Nations 2014). This makes urbanization a global mega-development which needs to be better understood in order to provide aspired levels of human health and wellbeing. Living in urban areas generally comes with advantages for human health and wellbeing from population densities being higher, physical, technological and institutional infrastructure being denser, innovation and creativity being stimulated. Further, public service provision and employment opportunities tend to be better in cities and economic growth is higher.

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