Glasgow’s health crisis: a seminar

Urban Studies, Half-Day Seminar: Glasgow’s health crisis: did planning make a bad situation much worse?
Date: 30 September 2016
Time: 1.30-4.30pm
Venue: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue

A drinks reception will follow the seminar. 

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The debate about Glasgow’s exceptionally poor health record has been long but we are still some way from a clear understanding of its causes. In May, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health published the most authoritative review yet of the scale and nature of the problem, and of the possible explanations in its report ‘History, politics and vulnerability: explaining excess mortality in Scotland and Glasgow’.

One of the striking suggestions is that a series of urban planning interventions, pursued over several decades, exacerbated this health disaster. While each may have been well-intentioned, the report argues that they may have left the city’s population less able to cope with subsequent social and economic challenges. This vulnerability is revealed by the deterioration in the city’s health relative to other similar cities.

If we are to address Glasgow’s health crisis and avoid repeating past mistakes, understanding the impact of these urban policies is vital. The aim of this seminar is therefore to explore the evidence and theories put forward in the GCPH report. Some of the main authors involved will address the role of planning in the process. Comments and reflections will be provided by a range of urban researchers with expertise in planning and social history, and in the evaluation of the health impacts of more recent urban policy interventions.

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First published: 23 August 2016

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