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About Professor Jason Corburn
I am an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, jointly appointed in the Department of City & Regional Planning and the School of Public Health. I co-direct Berkeley's joint Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, Global Metropolitan Studies and lead the Center for Global Health Cities. My research focuses on the links between environmental health and social justice in cities, notions of expertise in science-based policy making, and the role of local knowledge in addressing environmental and public health problems. I am currently working on developing a strategy for integrating health equity into all decision making in city governance, drafting and implementing integrated upgrading plans for informal settlements and researching metrics and indicators for urban health equity. I am a practitioner and researcher focused on promoting greater health equity in cities and linking city planning and public health. My work helps build partnerships between urban residents, professional scientists and decision-makers in order to collaboratively generate policy and planning solutions that improve the qualities of cities and the well-being of residents, particularly the poor and people of color.
I am committed to engaged scholarship, which to me means using research and the resources of the university to promote change, particularly social justice. In my own work, this most often happens through partnerships with community-based organizations and governments, but also includes foundations and international agencies. See my Projects page for more details. I have received numerous awards for my work, including the United Nations Association Global Citizenship Award, the Paul Davidoff Book Award for Street Science, a Health Policy Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship. I was also a fellow at Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation when I was a doctoral student at MIT. My CV is available here.
Urban Slum Structure, International Journal of Health Geographies. Collaborative research with partners at Yale University and Fio Cruz in Salvador, Brazil
International Conference on Urban Health, Manchester, UK, 4-7 March 2014. I'll be keynoting and co-chairing the section on Urban Planning and Architecture and Health. An important meeting bringing together academics, policy makers and activists to grapple with the continuing health inequities in cities around the world.
New Book! Healthy City Planning
NPR Story on Nairobi Slum Mapping
A feature story on National Public Radio (NPR), 17 July 2013, highlights the work of our collaborators in the Mathare slum of Nairobi and the important political work mapping can do for slum dwellers. Read or listen to the story here and see examples of some of our maps.
UK Guardian - Urban Health Equity
Opinion piece in the UK Guardian, 18 March 2013, linking health in all policies, urban equity and a new science of the city.