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Urban Sci. 2017, 1(2), 17; doi:10.3390/urbansci1020017

A Conceptual Modeling Approach to Health-Related Urban Well-Being

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Institute of Geography, Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (CEN), Universität Hamburg, Bundesstr. 55, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
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Institute of River & Coastal Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology, Denickestr. 22, 21073 Hamburg, Germany
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Institute for Health Care Research in Dermatology and Nursing (IVDP), University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Gebäude West 38 (W38), Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
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Meteorological Institute, Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (CEN), Universität Hamburg, Bundesstr. 55, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Mathematics, Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (CEN), Universität Hamburg, Bundesstr. 55, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
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Received: 10 February 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 9 May 2017 / Published: 12 May 2017
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Abstract

In cities, social well-being faces obstacles posed by globalization, demographic and climate change, new forms of social organization, and the fragmentation of lifestyles. These changes affect the vulnerability of city societies and impact their health-related urban well-being (UrbWellth). The conceptual model introduced in this paper systematizes the relevant variables while considering previous research, and establishes the target value UrbWellth. The model differs from existing approaches mainly in the analytical distinctions it suggests. These allow us to group the relevant urban influence variables into four sectors and enable a more general and abstract consideration of health-related urban relations. The introduction of vulnerability as a filter and transfer function acts as an effect modifier between UrbWellth and the various urban variables. View Full-Text
Keywords: conceptual model; urban well-being; urban health; multiple stressors; vulnerability; UrbWellth conceptual model; urban well-being; urban health; multiple stressors; vulnerability; UrbWellth
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von Szombathely, M.; Albrecht, M.; Antanaskovic, D.; Augustin, J.; Augustin, M.; Bechtel, B.; Bürk, T.; Fischereit, J.; Grawe, D.; Hoffmann, P.; Kaveckis, G.; Krefis, A.C.; Oßenbrügge, J.; Scheffran, J.; Schlünzen, K.H. A Conceptual Modeling Approach to Health-Related Urban Well-Being. Urban Sci. 2017, 1, 17.

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