UHWB Podcast Ep.1: Kicking off the Urban Health and Wellbeing Program Podcast with Prof. Franz Gatzweiler

Apr 20, 2022

Systems Science Urban Health and Wellbeing - How we started and what it is

We invite international organisations, urban planning and governance thought leaders and urban health scientists who have worked and have been associated with the Urban Health Well Being programme to share their knowledge, insights, views and outlooks, and to seek ways for collaborating and implementing an inter- and transdisciplinary science agenda for cities’, peoples’ and planetary health.

We talk about

  • Why is urban health and wellbeing such an important subject?

  • What are the major problems facing the policy integration of scientific knowledge of urban health and wellbeing?

  • What are the citizens understanding, autonomy, and responsibilities in urban health and wellbeing around the world?

  • How to connect and consolidate more effectively the global urban health community to channel existing and new knowledge into shaping and formulating policy and action?

  • Which thematic or problem areas require attention most urgently?

  • Institutional arrangements, technological means, broad public campaign… How to develop and implement global collective action for urban health and wellbeing?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Franz W. Gatzweiler

Executive Director of the ISC global science programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing

Prof. Franz W. Gatzweiler studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Bonn and the Humboldt University of Berlin. His doctorate research was on the ‘Nature of Economic Value and the Value of Nature’. He received stipends and research grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Käthe-Humburger Kolleg. He was research fellow at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, USA established by the late nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom. In 2015 he earned a habilitation (fakultas docendi) for resource economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests lie at the edge of ecological, economic and social sciences and have covered problems of value in complex socio-ecological, living systems, institutional change in polycentric organization, marginality and technology innovations for productivity growth in rural development. He was senior researcher at the Center of Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany from 2004-2014. Currently he is executive director of the ICSU-IAMP-UNU sponsored global programme on “Urban Health and Wellbeing: a Systems Approach”, based at the Institute of Urban Environment at the Chinese Academy of Science, Xiamen, China

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