Health in Megacities and Urban Areas

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Alexander Krämer
643 g
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Gives a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of challenges in urban health, climate change and environmental health risks
Written by the leading researchers from Europe and South East Asia and is a product of a longstanding and successful interdisciplinary cooperation
Provides real examples of implemented project in the field of urban health in developing and developed countries
Part I: Challenges, Theories, Concepts.- Part II: Cases Studies and Examples.- Part III: Environmental Health Risks.- Part IV: Informality and Health.- Part V: Spatial Dimensions and Health.- Part VI: Urban Livelihoods, Urban Food and Health.
Diverse driving forces, processes and actors are responsible for different trends in the development of megacities and large urban areas. Under the dynamics of global change, megacities are themselves changing: On the one hand they are prone to increasing socio-economic vulnerability due to pronounced poverty, socio-spatial and political fragmentation, sometimes with extreme forms of segregation, disparities and conflicts. On the other hand megacities offer positive potential for global transformation, e.g. minimisation of space consumption, highly effective use of resources, efficient disaster prevention and health care options - if good strategies were developed.
At present in many megacities and urban areas of the developing world and the emerging economies the quality of life is eroding. Most of the megacities have grown to unprecedented size, and the pace of urbanisation has far exceeded the growth of the necessary infrastructure and services. As a result, an increasing number of urban dwellers are left without access to basic amenities like clean drinking water, fresh air and safe food. Additionally, social inequalities lead to subsequent and significant intra-urban health inequalities and unbalanced disease burdens that can trigger conflict and violence between subpopulations.

The guiding idea of our book lies in a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to the complex topic of megacities and urban health that can only be adequately understood when different disciplines share their knowledge and methodological tools to work together. We hope that the book will allow readers to deepen their understanding of the complex dynamics of urban and megacity populations through the lens of public health, geographical and other research perspectives.

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