Colloquium: Urban and Transportation Strategies for Carbon-Neutral, Livable and Healthy Cities

March 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute and the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center.


Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Ph.D.

Research Professor in Environmental Epidemiology, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative and Director Air Pollution and Urban Environment Programme, The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

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Introduction by Rob S. McConnell, M.D., Professor of Preventive Medicine and Spatial Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC

The urban population is projected to reach 70% over the next 20 years. Suboptimal urban and transportation planning has led to an increase in morbidity and premature mortality due to rising levels of air pollution and noise, heat island effects and the lack of green space and physical activity. Recent health impact assessment studies provide new powerful quantitative evidence for the efficacy of urban and transportation interventions, policies and actions that can improve public health, make our cities more sustainable, and create multiple livability benefits. Instead of being the problem, cities could be planned and managed in ways that provide sustainable, livable and healthy habitats for a large human population.

Read “Urban and transport planning pathways to carbon neutral, liveable and healthy cities; A review of current evidence”, Environ Int. 2020 Jul;140:105661. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105661. Epub 2020 Apr 16. PMID: 32307209.


Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Ph.D. is a worldwide expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was among the 1% most cited scientists in the world.

He has led numerous initiatives for ISGlobal that work to close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world. His studies examine the intersections of health with active transportation, air pollution, the urban environment and cognition, Bluespace, lifecycle, and citizen science.

Nieuwenhuijsen is the author of the recently-published book COVID19 and the City: The COVID19 Pandemic and the Tranformation of the City. He also has edited three books: Exposure Assessment in Environmental Epidemiology; Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning; and Advances in Transportation and Health. He is a Co-Editors-in-Chief of Environment International and has co-authored more than 450 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and 35 book chapters.

In 2018 he was awarded the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology.


March 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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