Health in the Urban Space

In this panel, held at the Swiss Pavilion, experts from the Swiss School of Public Health network (SSPH+) discuss the public health challenges and opportunities in urban areas.

Health in the Urban Space

Urbanization is a force all around the world. According to UN statistics, as much as 68% of the world population – more than two-thirds – will be living in urban areas by 2050. The future is mega-cities and the challenge of improving public health and well-being becomes significantly more complex. Rapid industrialization has led to a clustering of people in highly dense urban areas, requiring the efforts of public health officials and urban planners to tackle some of the most difficult problems society has encountered.

Modern urban environments suffer from a number of complex issues that affect public health and well-being, including overcrowding, housing shortages, harmful industrial operations, human waste, and outbreaks of infectious disease. Tackling these issues takes the full commitment of public health officials, urban planning experts, and municipal authorities, who work together to find practical and sustainable solutions to offset the consequences of rapid urbanization.

In this panel, experts from the Swiss School of Public Health network (SSPH+) discuss these very challenges and opportunities.


Event Space, Swiss Pavilion


  • Dr. Emily Reeves, SSPH+
  • Dr. Filippo Bignami, DEASS-LUCI, SUPSI
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli, Swiss Tropical Health Institute, University of Basel
  • Prof. Dr. Niccolo Cuppini, Competence Centre for Labour, Welfare and Social Research, SUPSI



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