UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Dr Pineo and Dr Aletta awarded prizes at The Lancet UK Public Health Science Conference 2019

3 December 2019

Two researchers from UCL IEDE were awarded prizes for their respective presentation and poster at The Lancet UK Public Health Science Conference 2019.

Helen Pineo and Francesco Aletta receiving award
 Left: Professor Simon Capewell, Univeristy of Liverpool; Dr Helen Pineo, IEDE; Dr Francesco Aletta, IEDE; Professor Ashley Adamson, Director NIHR School for Public Health Research.

IEDE lecturer, Dr Helen Pineo, was awarded the first prize for a presentation on the impact of urban health indicators in urban planning policy and decision making: a qualitative system dynamics study at the The Lancet UK Public Health Science Conference, in London on 29 November 2019. Dr Pineo presented her doctoral research that investigated how urban planners in San Francisco (USA) and Victoria and New South Wales (Australia) perceived and used urban health indicators, which are usually produced by public health professionals. A key message for the public health audience at the conference was about the importance of building relationships with non-health practitioners so that indicator tools respond to their information needs and to facilitate ongoing cross-sector collaboration.

Dr Francesco Aletta was awarded the joint second place prize for a poster presentation on associations between soundscape experience and self-reported wellbeing in open public urban spaces: a field study. His research was conducted with The Acoustics Group in IEDE, led by Professor Jian Kang. The research is the first to explore the associations between soundscapes and self-reported measures of well-being. 

Both abstracts were published in a special edition of The Lancet and can be accessed at the links above. The full list of oral and poster presentation Early Career Researcher awards are available on the conference website here

More information on IEDE's research in:

Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability
Acoustics & Soundscapes