Sustainable Urban and Regional Health series

In October 2018, the new book series “Sustainable Urban and Regional Health” started with two volumes:

  • Vol. 1 (in German):
    City of the future: Healthy and sustainable. Building bridges between disciplines and sectors. Eds.: Rainer Fehr, Claudia Hornberg. oekom Verlag, München. 
    (Published: 04. Oct 2018)

    Written by 40 (co-)authors, the book contains 15 chapters, 376 pages, subject index, geographic index.

    Main Topics:

    • In urban life, societal efforts to promote, protect and restore human health involve numerous sectors.
    • While the importance of social injustice is widely recognized, the attention given to ecologic sustainability in the health context is lagging behind.
    • These topics need to be linked up, however, to contribute to a socially fair and ecologically sustainable urban culture.
    • Based on the notion of a „world of change“, the authors develop sustainable urban health as a concept of both knowledge and action.
    • The leading principles include (i) an extension of the field of vision, including foresight and sustainability, and (ii) resolutely building bridges, to overcome barriers which, all too often, persist between scientific disciplines, and between societal sectors as well.


  • Vol. 2 (in German):
    Sustainable Urban Health for Hamburg – Status quo and perspectives. Eds.: Rainer Fehr, Alf Trojan. oekom Verlag, München.

    (Published: 04. Oct 2018)

    For this book, the editors co-operated closely with a scientific editorial group, including Dr. Regina Fertmann and Klaus-Peter Stender (Hamburg Health Authorities, Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz Hamburg) as well as Senatsdirektor a. D. Norbert Lettau (former director of the Office for Health and Consumer Protection of the Hamburg Health
    Authorities, Amt Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz der Hamburger

    Written by 100 (co-)authors, the book contains c. 70 contributions, 565 pages, subject index, geographic index.

    Main Topics:

    • Promoting, protecting and restoring human health in a long-lasting manner requires to be in line with social justice and with ecological sustainability.
    • To pursue these goals jointly and forcefully, is at the heart of Sustainable Urban Health as a concept of both knowledge and action.
    • The Hamburg case study exemplifies essential elements of the concept, in urban reality.
    • Taking historical developments and the current health situation as starting points, 100 authors analyse the governance structures for urban health in Hamburg; medical and nursing care; rehabilitation and participation; prevention and health promotion; the multitude of relations with other urban sectors; and novel integrative approaches, applying a social and spatial perspective.
    • The case study illustrates what can already be discovered in a metropolis, and what needs to be developed in the future.

The topic of vol. 2 was partially explored by a preceding journal paper (in German): “Urban Health (StadtGesundheit): The Wider Perspective Exemplified by the City State of Hamburg”. Gesundheitswesen 78: 498–504. Full text (incl. English abstract): here.