Mind The Gap

Bridging the divide between knowledge, policy and practice

Authored by: Roderick J. Lawrence

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407


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Economic, health, environmental and land use policies and projects implicitly have a shared goal of improving the living conditions of people. Nonetheless, not all cities, or citizens within a specific city benefit equally (Hardoy et al. 2001). The impacts of economic and urban policies on the health and well-being of human populations and the environmental constituents of their habitat are neither neutral nor symmetrical. The policies have a wide range of effects but many do not have intentional or predictable outcomes (Lawrence 1996). The diverse kinds of interrelations between environmental, health and economic policies should be identified and incorporated into decision-making. Today one challenge in this field is to integrate environmental, health and socio-economic equity dimensions into mainstream policy formulation and implementation across national, regional and local levels.

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