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Built environment, environmental justice and health: Emscher Region – sustainable urban transformation strategies

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Julita Skodra


Stationen Ausbildung:
From November 2012: IPID-Programm "Advanced Research in Urban Systems" (ARUS) / Universität Duisburg-Essen
2012: Master of Science in "Urban Management" / TU Berlin
2003: Diploma Degree in Architecture / University of Niš, Serbia

Derzeitiger Arbeitsplatz/Universitätsstandort der Doktorarbeit:
Universität Duisburg-Essen / Fakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften


Art des Projekts, Status:
Dissertationsprojekt, laufend

Titel (Arbeitstitel):
Built environment, environmental justice and health: Emscher Region – sustainable urban transformation strategies

Themenschwerpunkt Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik:

Although cities are central places for cultural and economic development, democratization and other processes, built environment and people practices cause changes in the environment and compromise health of its residents.
Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health, disease, and injury that are determined or influenced by factors in the environment. This includes not only the study of the direct pathological effects of various chemical, physical, and biological agents, but also the effects on health of the physical and social environment including housing, urban development, land use, transportation and industry.

Shrinking cities in the Ruhr region are facing many challenges in the process of transformation including specific health problems that are affecting the most vulnerable population groups. Poverty and segregation contribute to development of certain health problems, emphasizing the importance of environmental justice in developing planning models to solve those challenges. Emscher Region, for example, was heavily polluted for decades, which resulted in degradation of both environment and health of its residents. Main hypothesis is that future improvements in built environment can improve health through interventions in urban fabric and change in behavior.

Weitere Forschungsvorhaben/-interessen:

  • Sustainable urban development
  • Ecocities
  • Environmental justice
  • Health Impact Assessment



  • Sustainable neighborhood development and health
  • Participatory planning process


Julita Skodra
Universitätsstraße 15
45141 Essen
Tel.: +49 201/183-2779



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