GCHU Public Seminars

How can community wellbeing be supported in the neighbourhood?

The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation Public Seminar series brings together members of the public, researchers and practitioners interested and engaged in urban health issues. The principal aim of the series is to provoke debate and constructive action, linking current best practice in urban development with emerging areas of health research.

Our most recent seminar held on Wed 29th November focused on Health & Wellbeing Centres as integrated healthcare services. These often combine health and social care services, public health practice, and other areas of social policy areas with a place-based focus to promote wellbeing in local communities. We invited four speakers to share their perspectives on “How can community wellbeing be supported in the neighbourhood?”. They spoke from research, policy and practice on how to create healthy communities through integrated healthcare services.


Professor Jane South | Professor of Healthy Communities, Leeds Beckett University

Ansaf Azhar | Director of Public Health and Community Safety at Oxfordshire County Council

Joanne Smithson | Head of Implementation & Learning and Local Government & Health Sector Lead at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Simon Sadinsky | Executive Director of The Prince’s Foundation

The event was chaired by Dr Astrid Krisch, Postdoctoral Researcher at the GCHU.

Upcoming events

2023-24 Event dates:

  • Wednesday 17th January 2024
  • Wednesday 6th March 2024
  • Wednesday 24th April 2024
  • Wednesday 12th June 2024

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Past events

Our GCHU seminars are filmed and are available to download and watch. Below is an archive of links to the recordings of all events in the GCHU Public Seminar series.

15-minute cities: Can they work for everyone?

11th October 2023
Chair: Dr Juliet Carpenter
Speakers: Professor Tim Jones, Julia Thrift, Cllr Louise Upton, Professor Richard Dunning

Re-imagining our urban future: how can city visions help us shape healthy and sustainable places?

14th June 2023
Chair: Emeritus Professor Timothy Dixon.
Speakers: Professor Michael Keith, Cllr Anna Railton, Dr Tolullah Oni, Mike Hood.

Systems change: How can cities accelerate progress towards net zero?

26th April 2023
Chair: Dr Katherine Maxwell.
Speakers: Dr Andy Kerr, Caroline Green, Dr Gireesh Shrimali, Maia Kutner

Why Adapt our Homes to Rising Temperatures?

7th March 2023
Chair: Dr Jesus Lizana.
Speakers: Dr Radhika Khosla, Dr André Paul Neto-Bradley, Dr Patrick Fahr, Charlie Luxton

Can citizens' juries help to address urban challenges?

18th January 2023
Chair: Dr Alison Chisholm.
Speakers: Dr Juliet Carpenter, Sven Evans, Professor Alan Renwick, Claire Taylor.

What Creates Healthy Cities?

12th October 2022
Speakers: Lord Best, Julia Thrift, Dr Stephanie Tierney, Councillor Susan Brown

Retrofitting and designing healthy built environments: How can buildings help our health?

15th June 2022
Speakers: Professor Rajat Gupta, Dr Anna Ulrikke Andersen, Cllr Michael O'Connor, Dr Sydney Ayers Mercer

Healthy by design: What role for the built environment in creating healthy cities?

27th April 2022
Chair: Lord Best
Speakers: Dr Helen Pineo, Iona O'Carroll, Dr Rosie Rowe

Artificial Intelligence in Urban Health: Is AI a solution for healthy cities?

9th March 2022
Speakers: Prof Gina Neff, Dr Alison Powell, Dr Esra Suel

The cycling paradox - how can cycling be encouraged as a healthy, sustainable, and safe mode of transport?

1st December 2021
Speakers: Dr Tim Jones, Dr Alison Hill, Steve Unwin, Louis Odgers, Professor Carl Heneghan

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: Can they work for everyone?

13th October 2021
Speakers: Dr Rachel Lee, Patrick Lingwood, Lucy Saunders, Dr Scott Urban

Delivering healthcare for rapid urbanisation

23rd January 2020
Speakers: Annette Pluddemann, Lucy Stevens, Hubert Lam, Mikaela Patrick, Carl Heneghan

Managing migration: cities, governance, integration.

20th January 2020
Speakers: Cecile Riallant, Colleen Thouez, David Howard, Thomas Lacroix

Next steps? Mixed use, walkable cities.

24th October 2019
Speakers: Karen Barrass, Daniel Elsea, Joanne Murraybrown, Ben Murphy, David Howard

Europe, Migration and Cities.

9th July 2019
Speakers: Sarah Spencer, Phoebe Clay, Michael Keith

Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange seminar: Healthy Cities

8th January 2019
Speakers: Carl Heneghan, Danny McDonnell, Sian Whyte, Chris Naylor

Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange: Rapid Urbanisation

27th June 2018
Speakers: Fiona Harvey, Peter Osborn, Ben Bolgar, Bob Allies, Victoria Hills

Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange: Urban Heritage

7th June 2018
Speakers: Geoffrey Tyack, Leidulf Mydland, Debbie Dance, Barbara Weiss, Oliver Cox

Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange seminar: Urban Public Art

24th April 2018
Speakers: Cathy Oakes, Leon Wainwright, Clare Melhuish, Sean Henry, Steven Parissien