Institut de recherches sociologiques

Health in the City


Health in the City.

Exploring Urban Health from a Social Sciences Perspective 


International Workshop

25-26 June 2024

UniMail - M2140

University of Geneva Bd du Pont d'Arve 40 ¦ 1205 Genève



Day 1 – 25 june

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction

9:15 – 10:00 Key note speech. Judith Green (University of Exeter)

10:00– 13:00 Workshop session

Session 1 “Health Inequalities, lifestyle and urban environment”

  • Martinek, A. (Charles University) Do Residential Care Services for People with Disabilities Perpetuate Inequality? An Exploratory Spatial Analysis
  • Consolazio, D., Terraneo, M., Sarti, S. (University of Milan & University of Milan Bicocca) Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Built Environmental Characteristics in the City of Milan (Lombardy Region, Northern Italy): a Multilevel Study
  • Jitka Buriánková (Charles University) Healthy lifestyle behavior in the Czech republic

Session 2 “Knowledges, Design, and Representations of Health”

  • Porcherie, M., Loizeau, V. (EHESP, French School of Public Health) What representations of health motivate the development of nature in the city? A joint exploration of green and blue spaces
  • Giullari, B., Mozzana, C. (University of Bologna, University of Milan Bicocca) Preparedness and health urban systems: the role of knowledge in shaping local action
  • Seims, A. (Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundations Trust) Designing play into urban environments: challenges and good practice within the city of Bradford, UK

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30-17:30 Workshop session

Session 3 “Communities, Local Health, Participation and Health systems”

  • Borghi, V., Giullari, B. (University of Bologna) Infrastructures of care: knowledge, institutional processes and participation in the transition from Health House to Community House
  • Vallerani, S. (University of Geneva), Collective Actions, Territories, and Urban Health Figures: Insights from Urban Health Dynamics in Rome
  • Jacquot, C. (Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Sciences Po Paris), Local health: a vector of moral and political values
  • Lodi Rizzini, C. (University of Milan) Community and Healthcare: The Role of Third Sector Organisations after the Territorial Healthcare Reform in Italy
  • Mozzana, C., Polizzi, E. (University of Milano Bicocca) Community health in Lombardy: between past and future

18:30 Aperitif


Day 2 – 26 june

9:15 – 10:00 Key note speech: Sandro Cattacin (University of Geneva)

10:00– 13:00 Workshop session

Session 4 “Urban design and green spaces”

  • Loizeau, V., Porcherie, M. (EHESP, French School of Public Health) Observing urban green spaces and inhabitants practices: the contribution of social sciences to green the city for health
  • Seims, A. (Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundations Trust) Gender-sensitive greenspace development: evaluation of a co-designed approach with adolescent girls in Bradford, UK

Session 5 “Social determinants of health, marginalization and social practices”

  • Da Mosto, D. (Center for International and Intercultural Health Bologna / Universitat Rovira i Virgili) Marginalisation and Resistance: insights from Sex Workers' healthcare practices in Rio de Janeiro
  • Roduit, S., Charpentier, N. (Institut for sociological research, University of Geneva), Cross-border Mobility for Health Reasons among Vulnerable Groups to HIV: Two-faceted System
  • Mammana, L. (Center for International and Intercultural Health, University of Bologna) Adapting a social determination approach to support health equity for migrants and socially marginalized people: preliminary results from an action research in primary health care

13:00 - 13:30 Closing session




 For further inquiries, please contact

Sara Vallerani - sara.vallerani(at)

Claudine Burton-Jeangros - Claudine.Jeangros(at)


Initiative within the 4EU+ programme and realised in cooperation with the University of Milano Statale and the Charles University

Scientific and Organising Committee

University of Geneva

University of Milano Statale

Charles University

Claudine Burton-Jeangros

Stefano Neri

Zuzana Kotherová

Sandro Cattacin


Jitka Buriánková

Sara Vallerani


Lenka Henebergová