Contributor: Alessandro Demaio

Alessandro is a doctor with a Masters in Public Health. He is a PhD fellow in Global Health with the University of Copenhagen and a visiting research fellow at Harvard Medical School. His interests include epidemiology, sustainability, social determinants of health and development processes. He lectures for the University of Copenhagen & Charité, Berlin and is a columnist for The Conversation.

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Urban healthiness

In Australia and all over the world, obesity and chronic diseases are on the rise, posing a real and increasing threat to public health. At the same time, the world is rapidly urbanising – over half the world’s population now live in cities. The future is a world of greater urbanisation, yet poorer health. Alessandro Demaio considers how we can make cities centres for good, not bad, health.