Marcus Grant

Marcus Grant
Environmental Stewardship for Health

BSc (Hons.), MA, DipLA, CMLI, FFPH, AoU

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Introduction
Marcus Grant currently works as Environmental Stewardship for Health undertaking research for international, national and municipal bodies. He is also Editor-in-Chie of 'Cities & Health, a new international Routledge journal for encouraging 'City Know-how' for the planning, design, governance and management of urban environments for healthier populations.
Additional affiliations
January 1996 - June 2015
University of the West of England, Bristol
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Supporting the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and working with Bristol City Council in their Healthy Urban Planning team as a leading member of the WHO Collaborating Centre.

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Publications (61)
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Aging is rapidly accelerating worldwide; by 2050, the number of people aged 65 and older will have more than doubled to reach 1.5 billion and represent 16% of the global population. In this chapter, we offer an overview of this demographic trend at the global scale. Beyond the global figures, demographic aging is characterized by many spatial varia...
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SUPPORTING CITY KNOW-HOW Human and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends have led to increasing concern – and it is imperative that these become core foci for urban policy. This will require concerted action and the journal Cities & Health is dedicated to supporting the...
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SUPPORTING CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends have lead to increasing concern, and it is imperative that these become core foci for urban policy. This will require concerted action; the journal Cities & Health is dedicated to supporting...
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SUPPORTING CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends have lead to increasing concern, and it is imperative that these become core foci for urban policy. This will require concerted action; the journal Cities & Health is dedicated to supporting...
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There is an established and long-standing understanding the relationship between the environment and people’s wellbeing is complex, and requires multi-disciplinary approaches. The role and fundamental skillsets of the workforce are being challenged by the need to meet both the changing legislative and policy frameworks and to meet changing prioriti...
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SUPPORTING CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the jou...
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This commentary is about how a paper published in the Cities & Health was used in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in an ongoing suo-moto petition to prevent mosquito infestation in the capital of India. The Court took cognisance of the rising density of mosquitoes and the rise in cases of mosquito-borne illness and instructed the various local governm...
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SUPPORTING CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern, and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the jo...
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SUPPORTING CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the jou...
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The form of human settlements impacts on planetary health, population health and health equity. Yet goals for urban and territorial planning are only tangentially linked to public health outcomes. The WHO and UN-Habitat support actions to bring health to the fore in planning and design of human settlements, recently publishing ‘Integrating Health i...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Worrying trends in terms of human health and planetary health are receive increasing global concern, on a daily basis. City leadership, planning, development and governance can each be used to support positive change, or to place constraints on urban behaviours and lifestyles, and accelerating the problems. It is imperative that human...
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The current rapid, often unplanned urbanisation across Asia has wide-ranging economic, environmental, health, and social impacts. In an attempt to document the implications of this demographic transition, the Journal of Cities & Health in collaboration with the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) launched a special issue. This special iss...
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This editorial introduces the origin, purpose and scope of a Special Issue on COVID-19. It brings together 43 contributions from across the globe that examine the way in which COVID-19 has challenged the way we think about urban design, spatial planning and city governance. The editorial draws out a number of key messages from this body of work, hi...
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Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the journal Cities & Health is d...
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At an international level it is recognised that urban noise has serious and negative public health impacts. This leading editorial and the special issue it accompanies seeks to broaden this agenda. An important goal for Cities & Health is to give ear to new urban health topics, methods and collaborations. In doing so this paper presents the topic o...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health, health equity and environmental impacts all become core foci in urban policy. This will require a transformation in cities and h...
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This article sets the scene for the special issue of Cities & Health Journal on ‘Transforming cities and health: policy, innovation and practice.’ It focuses on systematic transformations to meet sustainability and climate goals whilst also placing health at the heart of policy change and action. Our intention is to raise broad issues drawing on mu...
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The way we plan and build our cities defines our quality of life. It affects not only the quality of our living spaces and transport, but also the air we breathe, the water we drink, and our access to nutritious food, education, health care services and employment. Over the years, we have learned valuable lessons about urban and territorial plannin...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Worrying trends in terms of human health and planetary health are receiving increasing global concern. City leadership, planning and development all place the constraints on urban behaviours and lifestyles, usually accelerating the problems. It is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policie...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the journal Cities...
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We are at a crucial stage in understanding the issues involved in translating public health evidence for urban planning and transport planning into practice. The city is now the preferred human habitat, yet we seem to be building into its very fabric complex challenges to health. The rise in non-communicable disease, increase in health inequity and...
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We are delighted to announce a new and innovative inclusion for Cities & Health! ‘Reflective Praxis’ will encourage and actively foster deep and considered reflections from researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and communities about their work and its impacts. We seek both substantial scholarly articles and briefer think-pieces to share across...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the journal Cities...
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Humanity has chosen the urban environment as its habitat of preference, with a growing global population in towns and cities. Worryingly, having to a large extent understood how to design-out communicable disease in urban areas, we seem to lack knowledge about how to build human habitats without risk of non-communicable disease. We don’t deliberate...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are both influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern. It is imperative that both become core foci in urban policy. Changing the trajectory will require concerted action. The journal Cities & Health journal is dedicat...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Planetary health and human health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. Changing the trajectory requires concerted action, and the journal Cities & Health journal is dedicated to supporting the flow of knowledge, in all directions to help make this happen. We are dedicated to supporting communicatio...
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Over the last 20 years the University of the West of England (UWE) has developed policy, strategy and plans to address its environmental and sustainability impacts. The University identifies its role in education for sustainable development (ESD) as being about the contribution that can be made through learning and teaching. Key to this is the deve...
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In this article we reflect on the quality of a realist synthesis paradigm applied to the evaluation of Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. The programmatic application of this approach has led to very high response rates and a wealth of important data. All articles in this Supplement report that cities in the network move from small...
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There is a tradition of planning cities and their infrastructure to successfully tackle communicable disease arising from urban development. Non-communicable disease follows a different course. Development brings in its wake a basket of adverse health and health equity outcomes that are proving difficult to tackle. In response, within Phase V of th...
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Urban planning is deeply implicated in both the planetary crisis of climate change and the personal crises of unhealthy lifestyles. Worldwide health issues such as obesity, mental illness, growing health inequalities and climate vulnerability cannot be solved solely by medicines but also by tackling the social, economic and environmental determinan...
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Barton and Grant, discuss neighbourhood design in depth. The concept and importance of the ‘neighbourhood’ as a setting for health is presented. Spatial patterning of urban growth fits into a number of archetypes, dictated by either market forces or different ‘theories’ of planning. Each archetype is described together with the characteristics of t...
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Freiburg is a town of some 200,000 inhabitants in southwest Germany, a regional centre of administration, services and education. It is situated 20km east of the Rhine river, almost equidistant from Strasbourg in France and Basel in Switzerland. The city has a marvelous climate, with long, balmy summers and crisp winters. It is located in a bifurca...
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The theme for this year’s Academy of Urbanism congress ‘Towards a Greener Urbanism’ was deliberately chosen to stimulate the widest of debates. Green has become a totem for what is good. And what can be better than a turn toward greener urbanism? ‘Green’ of course has resonance at many scales. At the global scale, Thomas Berry, an eco-theologian,...
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This paper is concerned with the contribution that project, plan and policy appraisal can make to effective decision making when shaping a built environment that needs to respond to the demands of local voices and also concerns for global sustainability and for population well-being. It argues that effectiveness depends on appraisal processes being...
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This paper outlines and assesses a project that sought to use a studio residency (a public health practitioner in residence) as a vehicle to introduce public health issues and concepts into the curricula of a studio cohort of fifth and sixth year architecture students. The practitioner delivered workshops, group tutorials and one-to-one guidance on...
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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the progress made by European cities in relation to Healthy Urban Planning (HUP) during Phase IV of the World Health Organization's Healthy Cities programme (2003-2008). The introduction sets out the general principle of HUP, identifying three levels or phases of health and planning integration. This leads o...
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This guide is aimed at all built environment educators, showing what the key issues are in terms of improving health understanding in the built environment professions. It will explain the relevance, show how the built environment impacts on health and its implications for education and provide examples of good practice in teaching. By making these...
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The rise in popularity of distance education programmes, taught through web-based media, belies the difficulty in preparing, delivering and studying on such programmes. Preparing and providing quality material and a rich learning experience are key challenges. The physical and temporal separation of tutor and student, and between students themselve...
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This article describes the WHO ‘healthy urban planning’ (HUP) initiative as it has developed through the laboratory of the Healthy Cities movement and evaluates the degree to which applicant cities successfully developed plans for HUP. The paper provides a brief historical perspective on the relationship of health and planning and an overview of th...
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How do we accommodate urbanisation while ensuring good quality of life and health? How do we minimise environmental damage but still develop our cities? This thematic issue provides a window into the research evidence that can help us create healthier urban environments and more sustainable urban policies. Transdisciplinary research is needed to de...
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There is a renewed and growing recognition of the links between public health and the built environment, which has underlined the need for improved joint working between public health and built environment professionals. However, currently there is little engagement between these two sectors. This paper outlines a workforce development initiative t...
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There is a widespread recognition that cities, towns and villages have become increasingly dependent on motorized transport and a car-based land-use pattern. This has led to a series of unintended consequences--in particular, a lack of regular exercise, the decline of local communities and excessive greenhouse gas emissions--ith huge long-term impa...
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At the 2006 UK Public Health Association Conference, held in Telford in March, and the International HIA conference in Cardiff in the same month, there was much interest in a new model of health determinants applied to the planning of human settlements. This ‘health map’ is presented here in its current form for the first time. The authors explain...
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Shaping Neighbourhoods is unique in combining all aspects of the spatial planning of neighbourhoods and towns whilst emphasising positive outcomes for people’s health and global sustainability. This new edition retains the combination of radicalism, evidence-based advice and pragmatism that made earlier editions so popular. This updated edition st...
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It is well known that nature is good for human health and well-being. However, there is little understanding or articulation of this link among built environment professionals. The purpose of the paper is to explore the literature for evidence of the health benefits of urban nature and biodiversity. The key question is whether there is an added hea...
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The tourism sector is a complex problem domain. Power is unevenly distributed, though control is rarely in the hands of a single group and actors hold a wide range of values. Supported by the Agenda 21 process, a group of tourism stakeholders on the Isle of Wight sought to influence the whole domain. Their objective was to foster more social and en...

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Have you any results yet from this work?
I am interested in work outside Europe on children's physical activity.
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The percentage of human health outcome attributed to the urban environment varies in the literature. Of course everyone is measuring a different concept. Such as built environment, or determinants of health, or preventable disease.
I am interested in different sources and ways that the environments that we ourselves manage, design, built and govern is being assessed as impacting on our health? What percentages are being supported in the literature?
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I am interested in how to increase the engagement of urban designers and practitoners with the Cities & Health 'journal' project.
AND on an international scale - not just limited to high income countries too.
All ideas or comments welcome . . .

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Ongoing work as an engaged scholar and reflexive practitioner into creating a healthier human habitat
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