The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU's Prof. Haim Yacobi receives Bartlett Synergy Grant

30 July 2019

Congratulations to DPU's Prof. Haim Yacobi who has received the Bartlett Synergy Grant for the project “Gaza: Violence, Health and the Built Environment”


Prof. Haim Yacobi, Programme Leader of the MSc Health in Urban Development, received the Grant in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Harker, UCL Institute of Global Prosperity and Prof Michelle Pace from Roskilde University. The Bartlett Synergy Grants fund activities that lead to, or support, interdisciplinary research collaborations in the Built Environment.

This research project “Gaza: Violence, Health and the Built Environment” aims to bring different scientific fields into conversation in order to critically understand how the organization of space affects the right to health of communities and individuals in Gaza. The project suggests that the linkages between health, death, life and the built environment should be understood within a wider context, where freedom of movement, access to public services and infrastructure, as well as freedom from pollution and environmental hazards, are obvious and fundamental rights linked to the built environment.

Importantly, this project is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together experts from the fields of urban health, conflict studies, and urban geography together in order to develop new ideas and potential policy intervention in relation to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. While focussing on the case of Gaza, this project will study the links between violence, the built environment and health, a theme which is fundamental nowadays in many other conflict zones.