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Tags: cities , health , urban planning , environment , urban studies

CityLAB focuses each year on an important topic related to urban studies and approaches this subject from a variety of perspectives. This five-day summer school is organised by the University of Antwerp's Urban Studies Institute.


Cities are often unhealthy places to live, with inhabitants being exposed to air pollution, poor housing, lack of green and blue spaces, and overcrowding, often with large social, economic and cultural inequities. By taking an integrated approach and including social, cultural, environmental, healthcare, community, justice and legal actors, there is huge potential to improve the health of urban residents and create healthy cities. CityLab VIII explores the interventions and actions that can be established at different levels to mitigate health burdens and promote health of individuals, households and communities. It discusses how interventions can be targeted towards the material and territorial dimensions of a city, as well as towards socially and culturally diverse urban residents and the complex map of welfare and health professionals. Taking a multi-disciplinary perspective on how a healthy city can be created, CityLab incorporates insights from academic research, practice and policy, both in Flanders and internationally. It is designed for students of public health and social work in the urban context, urban planning and design, the urban environment, sociology, as well as professionals working in these fields.

Target group: Graduate, postgraduate, and PhD students in urban studies and other disciplines relevant to the topic with an interest in interdisciplinary and intersectional thinking.


The theme and programme will be announced in February 2022.


3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Course number:
Short- en long-term programmes
Area of interest:
Bioengineering, Health Sciences, Art and Culture, Social Sciences
Academic year:
2021 - 2022 copy
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Contact person:

Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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