Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city

Edited by Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5095-0
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2020
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development, MEDICAL / Public Health, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, Brazil, Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / Urban & municipal planning, Personal & Public Health, Human Geography
  • Series: Global Urban Transformations


The imperatives of public health shaped our understanding of the cities of the global north in the first industrial revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are doing so again today, reflecting new geographies of the urban age of the twenty-first. Emergent cities in parts of the globe experiencing most profound urban growth face major problems of economic, ecological and social sustainability when making sense of new health challenges and designing policy frameworks for public health infrastructures. The rapid evolution of complex 'systems of systems' in today's cities continually reconfigure the urban commons, reshaping how we understand urban public health, defining new problems and drawing on new data tools for analysis that work from the historical legacies and geographical variations that structure public health systems.


1 Introduction: Urban transformation and public health in future cities - Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos
2 Mental health, stress and the contemporary metropolis - Nikolas Rose 3 Feminised urban futures, healthy cities and violence against women and girls (VAWG): Transnational reflections from Brazilians in London and Maré, Rio de Janeiro - Cathy McIlwaine, Miriam Krenzinger, Yara Evans and Eliana Sousa Silva
4 Understanding the relationships between wellbeing and mobility in the unequal city: The case of community initiatives promoting cycling and walking in São Paulo and London - Tim Schwanen and Denver V. Nixon
5 Urban (sanitation) transformation in China: A Toilet Revolution and its socio-eco-technical entanglements - Deljana Iossifova
6 The food environment and health in African cities: Analysing the linkages and exploring possibilities for improving health and wellbeing - Warren Smit
7 Urban mental health and the moral economies of suffering in a 'broken city': Reinventing depression among Rio de Janeiro urban dwellers - Leandro David Wenceslau and Francisco Ortega
8 Violence as a language of construction and deconstruction in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil - Luiz Eduardo Soares
9 Conclusion: City DNA, public health and a new urban imaginary - Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos


Michael Keith is Professor at COMPAS, University of Oxford,

Andreza A. De Souza Santos is Lecturer at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city

Edited by Michael Keith, Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

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