36th AESOP Annual Congress 2024 Paris, France
“GAME CHANGER? Planning for just and sustainable urban regions”


 This Roundtable is hosted within Track 17


  • Heike Köckler,  ARL; Hochschule für Gesundheit
  • Thomas Verbeek, ARL; TU Delft


  • Carlo Fabian, ARL; University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland;
  • Miriam Weber, ARL; City of Utrech
  • Magdalena MaierhoferARL, Gesundheit Österreich GmbH
  • Daniel Münderlein, ARL,Kassel University

Urban planning plays a crucial role in shaping vibrant and healthy living environments for everyone. Recognizing this significance, the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL) has set up an international working group to look at the potential of urban planning for health equity. The working group consists of 15 members from academia and practice, representing eight countries and various disciplines – urban and landscape planning, urban design/architecture, public health, social work, economics, nutrition. The working group integrates knowledge from these different disciplines to bring new insights for urban planning promoting health equity.

In the roundtable, members will showcase the first results of their work. The roundtable will kick off by delving into the conceptual foundation and operationalisation of health equity for urban planning. It will discuss the meaning of health equity, fundamental challenges for urban planning from a public health perspective, perspectives of underrepresented groups and experiences from practice. Next, the roundtable will look at visualisation of health (in)equity for urban planning. It will present the results of an exploratory analysis of visualisation examples, including mapping tools, decision-support systems, photovoice and storytelling. This quickscan will lead to the identification of questions and challenges, which will be further discussed with the audience.

Keywords:  Urban planning, health equity, environmental justice, public health, visualisation