Contributions to Statistics

Health in Megacities and Urban Areas

Editors: Krämer, Alexander, Khan, Mobarak Hossain, Kraas, Frauke (Eds.)

  • Gives a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of challenges in urban health, climate change and environmental health risks
  • Written by the leading researchers from Europe and South East Asia and is a product of a longstanding and successful interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Provides real examples of implemented project in the field of urban health in developing and developed countries
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Diverse driving forces, processes and actors are responsible for different trends in the development of megacities and large urban areas. Under the dynamics of global change, megacities are themselves changing: On the one hand they are prone to increasing socio-economic vulnerability due to pronounced poverty, socio-spatial and political fragmentation, sometimes with extreme forms of segregation, disparities and conflicts. On the other hand megacities offer positive potential for global transformation, e.g. minimisation of space consumption, highly effective use of resources, efficient disaster prevention and health care options – if good strategies were developed.
 
At present in many megacities and urban areas of the developing world and the emerging economies the quality of life is eroding. Most of the megacities have grown to unprecedented size, and the pace of urbanisation has far exceeded the growth of the necessary infrastructure and services. As a result, an increasing number of urban dwellers are left without access to basic amenities like clean drinking water, fresh air and safe food. Additionally, social inequalities lead to subsequent and significant intra-urban health inequalities and unbalanced disease burdens that can trigger conflict and violence between subpopulations.
 
The guiding idea of our book lies in a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to the complex topic of megacities and urban health that can only be adequately understood when different disciplines share their knowledge and methodological tools to work together. We hope that the book will allow readers to deepen their understanding of the complex dynamics of urban and megacity populations through the lens of public health, geographical and other research perspectives.

About the authors

Alexander Krämer is Professor of Public Health Medicine and a cofounder of the School of Public Health at Bielefeld University, where he has been active since 1994. During 1992-1994 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, USA. His background is in medicine, epidemiology and public health, with main research interests in infectious diseases and urban health.

Mobarak Hossain Khan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Medicine at Bielefeld University since early 2007. He obtained his M.Sc. in statistics in 1990 from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, and M.Sc. in Community Health and Health Management from Heidelberg University in 2000. In 2007 he received his Ph.D. in Public Health from Sapporo Medical University, Japan.

Frauke Kraas is Professor and Chair of Human Geography at the University of Cologne since 2000. She holds a PhD (1991) and a Habilitation (1996) in Geography from the Universities of Münster and Bonn where she worked as Research Fellow and Assistant Professor from 1987 to 2000. She was awarded the Gerhard-Hess-Price (1997) and the Heisenberg Postgraduate Scholarship (1998) from the German Research Council (DFG).

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Public Health in Megacities and Urban Areas: A Conceptual Framework

    Krämer, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • The Burden of Disease Approach for Measuring Population Health

    Pinheiro, Paulo (et al.)

    Pages 21-38

  • Megaurbanisation and Public Health Research: Theoretical Dimensions

    Jahn, Heiko J. (et al.)

    Pages 39-52

  • Urban Health Research: Study Designs and Potential Challenges

    Khan, Md. Mobarak Hossain (et al.)

    Pages 53-71

  • Intervention Programme for Promoting Physical Activities in the Citizens of Sapporo City, Japan

    Mori, Mitsuru (et al.)

    Pages 75-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health in Megacities and Urban Areas
Editors
  • Alexander Krämer
  • Mobarak Hossain Khan
  • Frauke Kraas
Series Title
Contributions to Statistics
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-7908-2733-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7908-2733-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7908-2732-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-2834-4
Series ISSN
1431-1968
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 319
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