Building a fairer future: Advancing health equity through impact investment

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Conference Programme

Healthy City Design 2024 (HCD 2024) International Congress & Exhibition is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy, investment and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.

Now in its 8th year and hosted for the second year running in the historical maritime port of Liverpool, this year’s Congress plenary theme is, ‘Building a fairer future: Advancing health equity through impact investment’.

The congress attracts researchers, practitioners, community voices, investors and policy makers from around the world committed to advancing health equity and sustainable development at the centre of the way we plan, develop and invest in our cities and urban communities.

The deadline for abstract submissions passed on 30 May, but consideration will still be given for submissions in Video+Poster format – please contact

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Awards Programme

In the past few years, we have presented 'best in class' awards in the closing session of the Healthy City Design Congress, in categories including 'Best Research Paper', 'Best Poster', and 'Most Innovative Idea'.

This year, we will be launching a new awards programme, celebrating and recognising the most innovative and impactful development projects across the urban design and planning, housing, transport and workplace sectors, as well as a dedicated design research award.

Keep an eye out in our newsletter and on this website, as we launch the Call for Entries for the Healthy City Design Awards shortly, or contact to learn more.

Professor Matthew Ashton
HCD2023 was a fantastic couple of days, and it was really good to see the quality of work going on in Liverpool, the wider city region, and across the rest of the UK and further afield to truly embed good health and wellbeing within the wider housing, planning, and regeneration agenda. The quality of the speakers and level of engagement were exceptional. I look forward to continuing to engage with you as we support this incredibly important agenda locally and nationally.
Professor Matthew Ashton
Director of public health, Liverpool City Council
Ruth Hynes
HCD2023 had a diversity of speakers and such a good range of those were from academia and industry. The focus on Liverpool provided a unique and highly informative aspect to the conference, highlighting universal themes but also the ability to learn from and discuss real examples and challenges.
Ruth Hynes
Associate design researcher, Atkins, UK
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The ‘Best Research Paper’ category – for the paper that addresses the Congress theme of ‘Urban renewal and health equity’ in the most original and thorough way – was awarded to Ruth Gow and Celia Garcia of Bax & Company, from Spain. The authors’ paper demonstrated the Healthy Cities Generator tool, which helps practitioners, local authorities, citizens, and researchers understand the…

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