Salus: The city as a healthy living place independent of social inequalities


  • Integrated examination of effects from salutogenic and pathogenic factors on humans, taking social inequalities into account
  • Action guided by the overall models of sustainability and health promotion
  • Consideration of urban planning and governance as well as Public Health, including their respective instruments, procedures and actors

Project description:

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In addition to the analysis of urban structures and processes explaining social inequalities in environment and health, the focus of this project is the development of strategies that make a city a healthy place to live in. Furthermore the twom topics of urban planning and of public health are being intertwined. Based on a transdisciplinary approach, a dialogue and close interaction in research with the practice partners from the cities of Dortmund and Munich is planned to take place. In addition, the project pursues the advancement of the the Healthy Cities Network concept “Healthy City! Healthy Life” to the slogan:” Healthy Cities for All!”.

Project period: 2012-2015

Approach / implementation / methodology:

  • Developing methods that enable an integrated assessment of individual factors in the context of social inequality
  • The analyses will be contextualized internationally through a world-wide comparison of strategies for sustainable healthy metropolises, belonging to the WHO Healthy Cities Network
  • Stakeholder analysis, instrument analysis, decision support system, integrated assessment of multiple exposures in situations of social inequality; international comparison
  • Simulation game with practitioners, which is designed to make decisions for a sustainable healthy metropolis and to convert it into appropriate strategies
  • Reference cities are Dortmund and Munich, which are members of the Healthy Cities Network
  • Existing data, in particular from spatial monitoring and health reporting is integrated into a decision support system that creates an action-related benefit for local actors

Coordination of the junior-research group:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Baumgart: Instruments of a health-promoting urban development, International experience in capitals, Technical University of Dortmund, Department of Urban und Regional Planning, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Dr. rer. pol. Heike Köckler & Dr. Ing. Andrea Rüdiger: City as a healthy place to live independently by social inequality,

Project partners

Ph. D. students

  • Ursula Hemetek: Participative cooperation structures
  • Steffen Schürle: Integrated assessment of multiple stressors
  • Rehana Shrestha
  • Raphael Sieber: Instruments of a health-promoting urban development
  • Lisa Waegerle: International experiences in metropolises

Student Assistants

  • Lisa Maurer, Daniel Simon, Dipl.-Ing. Ines Standfuß

Reference Cities

Practice Partner


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