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Journal 12 March 2020

The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation

HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Centre, a joint initiative between The Prince’s Foundation and Kellogg College

During a visit to Oxford, HRH The Prince of Wales and senior directors from The Prince’s Foundation met staff and students of The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation to hear about their work and to discuss the latest academic developments linking research and expertise in healthcare and sustainable urbanisation.

Academics at the centre stressed how it is critical that we understand the role our cities play in health and wellbeing and the positive impact that understanding can have on a practical level. HRH heard from experts at the centre who explained the world’s population is set to increase by 8.6 billion by 2030 and the number of people aged 60 and over is set to grow from 900 million to nearly 1.5 billion. They also highlighted that by 2050 it is anticipated the 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.

“The Prince’s Foundation is proud to be partnering with Kellogg College on the Global Centre of Healthcare and Urbanisation,” said Simon Sadinsky, Deputy Executive Director of The Prince’s Foundation.

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“The work at the centre is going to be crucial in understanding how these two disciplines are interlinked in the daily lives of millions of people.

Whilst on the visit HRH also formally accepted the Bynum Tudor Fellowship from Kellogg College in recognition of his contribution to the field of sustainable urban development over the last 30 years.

The Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation was set up in September 2019 is a joint initiative between Kellogg College and The Prince’s Foundation. The centre brings together leading practitioners and influential thinkers embracing evidence-based healthcare, sustainable urban development and education – facilitating research and training of the next generation of leaders in healthcare and urbanisation.

“The physical environment is critical to the success of urban areas. Positive urban design should act to improve living conditions, with good access to health and social services, reducing the risk and spread of infections but too many new towns and cities are springing up with little concern for the health and wellbeing of residents.” - Professor Carl Heneghan, co-director of the Global Centre of Healthcare and Urbanisation.

Words: Rebecka Parker

Images: Kellogg College