Glasgow’s health crisis: did planning make a bad situation much worse?
The debate about Glasgow’s exceptionally poor health record has been long but we are still some way from a clear understanding of its causes. In May, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health published the most authoritative review yet of the scale and nature of the problem, and of the possible explanations in its report ‘History, politics and vulnerability: explaining excess mortality in Scotland and Glasgow’.
One of the striking suggestions is that a series of urban planning interventions, pursued over several decades, exacerbated this health disaster. While each may have been well-intentioned, the report argues that they may have left the city’s population less able to cope with subsequent social and economic challenges. This vulnerability is revealed by the deterioration in the city’s health relative to other similar cities.
If we are to address Glasgow’s health crisis and avoid repeating past mistakes, understanding the impact of these urban policies is vital. The aim of this seminar is therefore to explore the evidence and theories put forward in the GCPH report. Some of the main authors involved will address the role of planning in the process. Comments and reflections will be provided by a range of urban researchers with expertise in planning and social history, and in the evaluation of the health impacts of more recent urban policy interventions.
1. 1.30pm Welcome
Prof Nick Bailey, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
2. 1.35pm Excess mortality in Glasgow: understanding the evidence,
David Walsh, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
3. 1.50pm Glasgow’s excess mortality: towards an understanding of a planning paradox?
Prof Chik Collins, University of the West of Scotland and
Prof Ian Levitt, University of Central Lancashire
4. 2.40pm Break – tea/coffee
5. 3.00pm Discussants
Dr David Webster, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Dr Valerie Wright, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Dr Louise Lawson, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Prof Jamie Pearce, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
6. 3.50pm General discussion
7. 4.30pm Close – drinks reception