The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Jenkinson, Karen

Inter-Professional Perspectives on Healthy Urban Planning in the UK


Email:


kjenkinson01@qub.ac.uk

Address:

School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Room.03.008
Level 3
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland

Telephone:

+44 (0)2890 974254

Current Research

This research focuses on the concept of ‘inter-professional working’ between the planning and public health professions to explore how the two professions can successfully work together when addressing the issue of health and the built environment.  This idea of joint working between the two professions relates back to the common historical origins of planning and public health which became largely disconnected from the end the 19th Century.  However despite this divergence, today the relationship between the two professions appears to be changing again as recognised by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Healthy Urban Planning initiative which has been very influential in encouraging a shared recognition of health problems and a shared determination to tackle them. Consequently an essential principle of Healthy Urban Planning is interdisciplinary collaboration.  However whilst recognising the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration between planning and public health and acknowledging the barriers to achieving it, the literature on healthy urban planning is less aware of how the individual professions themselves understand this concept.  Therefore this research will explore the idea of joint working between planning and public health further by using Q-Methodology to investigate the concept of ‘inter-professional working’ from an individual professional perspective.  Furthermore, the research will identify issues influencing the effectiveness of inter-professional working by investigating the roles and perspectives of the planning and public health professions on health and the built environment.  By identifying these issues of inter-professionalism it is expected that the findings will result in a more informed way on how the planning and public health professions can successfully work together to achieve health benefits in the built environment.

Supervisors Dr. Geraint Ellis & Dr. Philip Boland

Research Interests:

The relationship between the built environment and health and well-being.
The concept of ‘interdisciplinarity’.
Q Methodology in social science research.

Qualifications:

BSc Geography (First Class Hons), QUB

Conferences / Presentations:

Presentations given at
Sustainable Development Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, February 2011
UK/Ireland Planning Research Conference, University of Birmingham, September 2011