JAPA CfP: “Community Design and Revitalization to Promote Health” Abstracts due 15 Feb 2021

Published at: 29 September 2020

Journal of the American Planning Association

Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Community Design and Revitalization to Promote Health” A symposium in tribute to the life’s work of Christopher Kochtitzky Abstracts due: February 15, 2021

Urban Planning and Health Imperatives

In the early 2000s, there was a renewed appreciation for the relationship between the built environment and public health. Subsequently, empirical analysis, pedagogy, and professional practice linking the fields has increased exponentially. A seminal 2003 American Journal of Public Health special issue, “Built Environment and Health,” drew on these emerging ideas with a research agenda that inspired and identified best practices in designing new communities and revitalizing old ones to promote physical and mental health. Since that time, considerable research on these issues has been published, and the implementation of recommendations resulting from this body of work has transformed health and quality of life in communities, cities, and regions around the world. Unfortunately, many places remain tethered to unhealthy urban form and unequal opportunities to realize improved wellbeing and quality of life.

Despite clearly established associations and visionary healthy place making over the past twenty years, the need to continue this work has never been more evident. This JAPA Special Issue seeks to outline the transformational role urban planners have played, and can play going forward, in ensuring healthy environments for all.

Papers in this special issue will: • Scrutinize the results and implementation of built environment changes to document the extent to which health has improved overall, and especially for those who have disproportionately experienced disparities despite preceding policy, systems and environmental changes. • Highlight technologies, tools, and frameworks that are imperatives for advancing tomorrow’s equitable, sustainable, and healthy places anchored in planning practice.
• Evaluate the successes and failures of past and current health-oriented interventions in community building.
• Recommend innovative planning practices that are vital to promoting good health outcomes for all. • Identify key built environment and health issues critical to the next twenty years of planning practice globally.

Manuscripts co-authored by multidisciplinary teams of academics and/or practitioners are especially encouraged.

Interested authors should submit an abstract to guest editor Nisha Botchwey (nisha.botchwey@gatech.edu) and cc Olivia Chatman (ochatman3@gatech.edu) by February 15, 2021. These should not exceed 1,000 words. Please include the phrase “Community Design and Revitalization to Promote Health” in the subject line. Following their review, a subset of authors will be invited by April 15, 2021, to submit full papers before August 15, 2021, subject to the customary JAPA double-blind peer review. Final, revised papers will be due by March 15, 2022. The special issue editorial team, Nisha Botchwey (Ga Tech), Christopher Coutts (Florida State), Catherine Ross (Ga Tech), Bruce Stiftel (Ga Tech) and Matthew Trowbridge (U Virginia) will attend ACSP and APHA in October and November and will be available for those interested in discussing potential manuscript topics or serving as reviewers and collaborators for this special issue.