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Urban Paradox Conference Programme

Conference Friday 21st February 2014

UCL  Institute of Archaeology

Urban Paradox event on the 21st of February

Visit eventbrite to book your free place

There is no charge, but places are limited and so pre-booking is essential.

For further information on the Evolutionary Determinants of Health programme see:

Session 1 summarises the Evolutionary Determinants of Health project, reviews its relationship to the Social Determinants of Health, looks at personal health behaviours, urban gangs and the promotion of positive behavioural change.

Session 2 looks at healthy cities and the architecture of urban wellbeing, considers physiological, psychological, biological and societal importance of urban greenspace; then at human locomotion and how buildings can be designed and town plans reconfigured to facilitate and encourage ‘evolutionary’ health behaviours. 

9.15 – 9.50am:  registration           

10am:   welcome

  • brave old world:  evolutionary determinants of health in the 21st -century town

Gustav Milne UCL Institute of Archaeology

  • becoming human:  deep evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour

Matt Pope UCL Institute of Archaeology 

  • backwards and forwards: towards a “palaeolithically-correct” behavioural science

Ben Gardner  UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre

11.15-11.45am: discussion/  coffee

  • school dinners:   introducing an evolutionary perspective in inner-city schools

Emma Karoune  UCL Institute of Archaeology 

  • play time:   football, crime and urban gangs

Samir Singh  Arsenal in the Community 

  • building for people:   architecture from a human perspective

Bob Allies Allies & Morrison Architects: London SE1

1-1.45pm: lunch

  • healthy cities:  urban design from a human evolutionary perspective

Ian Scott UCL Grand Challenges

  • greening the city:   a physiological and psychological necessity

Jemima Stockton UCL Dept of Public Health and Epidemiology

  • greening the city:   a biological necessity

Graham Rook   UCL Dept of Microbiology

  • the ‘all London green grid’: a green infrastructure for London

Neil Davidson Landscape Architect, J & L Gibbons

3.15-3.45pm: discussion/ tea

  • a life less sedentary:  making the office work harder

Abi Fisher  UCL Active Buildings project

  • access all areas?   social inequality and urban transport issues

Nicola Christie   UCL Transport Institute

  • streets ahead: community engagement, human locomotion and the DIY street

Paola Spivach Senior Urban Designer, SUSTRANS

5pm: reception

Further information on the conference, contact

or  Charlotte Frearson

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