Research and analysis

Future of cities: cities and health

Essay looking at how we can support healthier lives in our future cities.


Cities and health


Cities have always shaped the health of their citizens in important ways and will continue to do so into the future. This essay examines a whole-picture approach to supporting healthier lives in our future cities. It considers:

  • closer links between public health and urban planning
  • better resilience planning to reduce the spread of infectious diseases
  • active travel such as walking and cycling
  • better ways of working
  • healthier homes
  • innovation in the healthcare system

The essay was commissioned as part of the Foresight future of cities project.

Published 4 April 2016