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Global project to reduce health inequalities in cities around the world

28 February, 2018

A major new research partnership has been launched to explore ways of reducing health inequalities in cities around the world.

The research will be led by Imperial College London and University College London (UCL) and is funded by £10 million from the Wellcome Trust, collaborating with institutions in ten cities, including London. 

The Imperial arm of the project will bring together expertise from across the College’s faculties, including Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Researchers will share £5 million in funding to focus on factors affecting health in London (UK), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Vancouver (Canada), Beijing (China), Accra (Ghana) and Tamale (Ghana).

The full list of partners for the Imperial-led portion of the project includes King’s College London (Professors Frank Kelly and Frans Berkhout), Public Health England, University of British Columbia, McGill University, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, University of Chicago, Tsinghua University, Anzhen Hospital in China, University of Ghana, BRAC University in Bangladesh.

The UCL-led arm of the project, coordinated by Professor Mike Davies and which will also receive £5 million in funding, will focus on London (UK), Beijing (China), Ningbo (China), Rennes (France), Nairobi (Kenya) and Kisumu (Kenya).  

Over the course of the four-year project, the research teams will gather evidence on issues affecting the health of people in urban environments, and work with policymakers to develop evidence-based policies for equitably improving the health of billions of city dwellers.