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Call for abstracts, papers and posters

Deadline extended to 9th June 2017


Full details of the programme can be downloaded here

A Track Listing summary can be found here


Taylor & Francis online

In light of the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference in September, we have compiled this collection of articles from Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. All of these articles are free to access exclusively via this page, and will remain free until September 2018.

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Special Session Added

The Health Turn in Urban Planning Call for papers:

Planners and planning researchers in the UK, Ireland and internationally are increasingly engaging with Cities and Health, highlighted by the rapid growth in the quantity and quality of research programmes, published papers and policy initiatives that link facets of the urban environment with outcomes for human health. This has emerged from a combination of factors including; an enhanced evidence base that links built environment attributes with well-being; an increased role of city development in population health compared to other factors. Faced with a hostile neo-liberal ideological environment, those supporting planning interventions have increasingly sought direct welfare, quality of life and public heath benefits and as a means of highlighting the on-going relevance of the art and science of town planning. This context gives rise to a range of important questions that include:

  • Where does planning and planning research fit within this emerging body of knowledge?
  • To what degree is scholarship and practice in planning engaging with the cutting edge of this agenda?
  • Can urban planning help bridge the all to obvious gap between what we now know about cities and health, and what is happening on the ground?

Indeed we all ask; does this amount to a clear 'health turn' in urban planning?

Papers addressing these questions are invited for a Special Session at the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference which takes place at Queen's University Belfast on 11th-13th September 2017. The Session is sponsored by the new Routledge Journal 'Cities and Health' with the view to developing a special issue around this theme. Please submit abstract to the conference website by 9th June and notify Geraint Ellis of your wish to be included in the special session.