Planning and design interventions for improving the wellbeing of vulnerable groups
Such environments provide all citizens with equal opportunities, regardless of their gender, age, health, socio-economic status, etc. Planning and designing urban environments with such characteristics have been attempted; however, it has proven to be a challenging endeavour.
It is widely believed that an interdisciplinary approach is required to understand how urban environments can nurture and enhance wellbeing and a sense of belonging among citizens, particularly among vulnerable groups (ie. women, children, people with disabilities, older people, and low-income households as recognised by the United Nations).
It is important to identify ways of promoting a more bottom-up participatory approach to policy-making in urban planning/design where all citizens, including vulnerable groups, can provide their input on how design might help to make their lives not only healthier but also happier.
Sustainable Development Goals
Targeting Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), this research project explores:
- how urban planning and design interventions impact the wellbeing of vulnerable groups or communities
- what vulnerable groups’ experiences and perceptions are of transformations in urban environments.
Aim of the project
The aim is to bridge approaches and methodologies from different disciplines (eg. urban planning and design, environmental psychology, and behavioral and social sciences) to build an interdisciplinary capacity to overcome the challenges of creating urban environments that support health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups.
Wellbeing here is intended to have a particular focus on psychological wellbeing, particularly concerning perceived opportunities or challenges for agency (ie. action) and/or belonging (ie. feeling part of the community).
The project team
Lecturer, University College Cork
Lecturer in Architecture, University of Salford
This research was made possible through the support of the following organisations: