Volume 2

Sustainable Urban Health for Hamburg. Status quo and perspectives. Eds.: Rainer Fehr, Alf Trojan. oekom, Munich. Available as
(german) PDF-version for free via Open Access.

(Publication: 04.10.2018; in German)

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

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

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.