Content description

Cities are often unhealthy places to live, with inhabitants being exposed to air pollution, poor housing, lack of green and blue spaces, and overcrowding, often with large social, economic and cultural inequities. By taking an integrated approach and including social, cultural, environmental, healthcare, community, justice and legal actors, there is huge potential to improve the health of urban residents and create healthy cities.

CityLab VIII explores the interventions and actions that can be established at different levels to mitigate health burdens and promote health of individuals, households and communities. It discusses how interventions can be targeted towards the material and territorial dimensions of a city, as well as towards socially and culturally diverse urban residents and the complex map of welfare and health professionals.

Taking a multi-disciplinary perspective on how a healthy city can be created, CityLab incorporates insights from academic research, practice and policy, both in Flanders and internationally. It is designed for students of public health and social work in the urban context, urban planning and design, the urban environment, sociology, as well as professionals working in these fields.

CityLAb VIII is co-organised by the University of Antwerp’s Urban Studies Institute and the Spearhead on Public Health and Primary Care of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Target group

The interdisciplinary Urban Studies Institute has the aim to reach all people interested in the city and its many aspects - students, researchers and professionals. This aim is extended to the CityLAB summer schools.

CityLAB's primary target group for 2022 are graduate, postgraduate, and PhD students in urban studies and other fields with an interest in interdisciplinary and intersectional thinking.

CityLAB summer school: cycling in Antwerp

A bicycle trip in Antwerp, CityLAB summer school 2019

Study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the base of:

  • preparatory readings
  • a preparatory reflection paper
  • 100 % (active) participation during the course
  • final presentations

All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.