Planetary Health resources at VU: Urbanisation

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This page includes a list of resources on urbanisation, including sustainable and liveable cities, effects of urbanisation on poverty, equality and economic development, renewable energy, water supplies and provisions for sanitation and hygiene. 

VU research

Ur Rehman Tariq, M.A., Faumatu, A., Hussein, M., Ur Rahman Shahid, M.L., & Muttil, Nitin (2020). Smart city-ranking of major Australian cities to achieve a smarter future. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12 (7). pp. 1-19.

Imran, H.M., Kala, J, Ng, A.W.M., & Muthukumaran, S. (2019). Impacts of future urban expansion on urban heat island effects during heatwave events in the city of Melbourne in southeast Australia. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 145 (723). pp. 2586-2602. 

Jamei, E., Mortimer, M., Seyedmahmoudian, M., Horan, B., & Stojcevski, A. (2017). Investigating the role of virtual reality in planning for sustainable smart cities. Sustainability, 9 (11).

Symons, J, Jones, R, Young, C & Rasmussen, B (2015). Assessing the economic value of green infrastructure: Literature review. Project Report. Victoria Institute of Strategic Economics Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria.

Jamei, E., Ossen, D.R., & Rajagopalan, P. (2017). Investigating the effect of urban configurations on the variation of air temperature. International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment. 

Jamei, Elmira, Ahmadi, K., Chau, Hing-Wah, Seyedmahmoudian, M., Horan, B., & Stojcevski, A. (2021). Urban design and walkability: Lessons learnt from Iranian traditional cities. Sustainability, 13(10). p. 5731. 

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Notable articles to read

Kuddus, M. A., Tynan, E., & McBryde, E. (2020). Urbanization: a problem for the rich and the poor? Public Health Reviews, 41(1), 1. 

Davidson, M. (2016). Planning for planet or city?. Urban Planning, 1(1), 20-23. DOI:

Güneralp, B., Zhou, Y., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Gupta, M., Yu, S., Patel, P. L., . . . Seto, K. C. (2017). Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(34), 8945. doi:10.1073/pnas.1606035114 

Oni, T (2021), Making the ‘Urban’ Better: Planetary health conversations on building healthy sustainable cities in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.

McLaren (2021). 12 steps to decarbonise your city, World Economic Forum,

Smith, B (2021), How to make our cities greener, healthier, wilder and fairer, World Economic Forum,

Keil, R, Kaika, M, Mandler, T, Tzaninis, Y, (2020). Global urbanization created the conditions for the current coronavirus pandemic, The Conversation.

Johnson, L, & Jones, D. (2014). Incorporating indigenous Australian knowledge and perspectives into planning practice: past, present and future [PDF]. UHPH 2014: Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History: Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, Australasian Urban History/Planning History Group and Victoria University of Wellington, 341-360.

World Economic Forum (2021), Why we need to make planetary health part of city design, World Economic Forum,

World Economic Forum (2021), How can we create green, inclusive and innovative urban spaces?. World Economic Forum,