Your gift in action
- Jeremy prepares for Xtreme Everest expedition
- Innovation at the Institute of Making
- Louise's story - Impact Studentship
- Two ‘Lucky Dogs’: From a five minute film to a four month adventure
- Alumni giving supports rising sports stars
- Celebrating student support
- Hosting our first Paralympic Sports Taster Day thanks to your support!
- Redevelopment of Lewis's Building supported by alumni and friends
- Galton's Kantsaywhere
- Helping to rebuild Haiti
- Grant Museum of Zoology becomes 21st century ‘museum laboratory’
- UCL Laws mooting teams able to attend prestigious competitions
- Alumni and friends help UCL research healthier cities
- UCL alumni: the lifeline that helped me reach my potential
- Supporting women's health and international development in Malawi
- Helping communities in Peru to construct their future
- UCL alumni and friends raising the bar
- New uses for old spaces
- "I am so grateful"
- Enhancing the student experience
- Help a student with financial concerns
Alumni and friends help UCL research healthier cities
28 October 2010
This year the kind contributions of UCL alumni and friends have
supported our academics as they undertake research into ‘Healthy Cities’. The
Healthy Cities project will consider how changing the built environment might
affect the health of its residents.
This ranges from examining community-led sanitation projects in
Mumbai to how social housing might affect mental health in London. The project
is cross-disciplinary and sees researchers from various departments at UCL
collaborating to produce innovative conclusions.
The funding from UCL alumni and friends has allowed three research assistants to get involved in the project, all of whom are current UCL students. These researchers provide essential support for the project, building up case studies of where interventions have affected health outcomes around the world.
Professor Yvonne Rydin, who is leading on ‘Healthy Cities’’,
commented; “This is an extremely exciting area for UCL to be involved in. We
are taking the expertise that exists across various UCL faculties and
departments, from the Bartlett School of Architecture to the Department of
Philosophy, and applying it to a common question. The money from alumni and
friends has allowed us to devote hundreds of hours to essential background
research. This project has the potential to transform public health agendas and
we are extremely grateful to UCL supporters for playing a part in
‘Healthy Cities’ will continue the collaboration between ‘The Lancet’
and UCL. In 2009 UCL and ‘The Lancet’ produced a report about managing the
health effects of climate change. This initiative was immensely successful and
led to the commissioning of briefing papers on the same subject by the
Commonwealth Secretariat. It is hoped that the ‘Healthy Cities’ project will
also achieve this level of impact.