Tackling the Root causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development
TRUUD has been awarded £6.6 million (£10M total project costs) over 5 years, and will research two major UK city/city regions’ urban planning and development systems with a view to embedding the prevention of risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases and health inequalities in decision-making on planning.
The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) has invested £25 million into understanding and influencing the social economic and environmental factors that affect our health, in order to tackle the bigger picture factors behind the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - illnesses that can’t be passed from person to person - such as heart disease, obesity, poor mental health, cancer and diabetes. NCDs make up the vast majority of illnesses in the UK, accounting for an estimated 89 per cent of all deaths and are increasingly being linked to planetary health.
Working with senior decision-makers, related stakeholders and advisors at national, regional and city level we will identify critical decision-making contexts (e.g. land disposal, procurement, regulation, economics), then develop and test intervention case studies. The umbrella output will be a decision-support framework that sets out the systemic blockages identified and incorporates targeted industry-driven improvements to existing processes alongside decision-support tools.
In addition to exploring existing decisions, structures and processes (e.g. the role of economic valuation in decision-making, alternative decision and valuation mechanisms, legal mechanisms such as Social Value Act), we will seek to understand the systemic blockages inhibiting improvement in health outcomes (e.g. corporate structures, values, incentives).
Daniel Black co-led the bid with the research team led by Matthew Hickman, Head of University of Bristol's Population Health Sciences, and Gabriel Scally, Visiting Professor in Public Health. Daniel is Programme Director with the Senior Management Team and is also directly responsible for Work Packages 3 and 5, which oversees project synthesis, corporate characterisation, communication and impact.
5 years, starting in October 2019