The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of effective public health and welfare systems, and policy. Integrating public and environmental health and human well-being in the core of urban planning and policy making processes will enable practitioners, academics and policy makers to create healthier, more resilient and equitable cities and communities. Track 3 will explore how participatory territorial governance, based on holistic and integrative approaches to environmental and urban development, and grassroots movements can contribute to innovative strategies and tools for integrating public health and well-being into spatial and community policy and planning. 

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  • Public participation, Transparency and Accountability: How can we strengthen active public participation, transparency and accountability to promote environmental justice and to achieve healthier, diverse, and more equitable communities? 
  • Understanding Inequalities: How can we better understand the inequalities that exist in our communities; and can implementing grassroots movements help drive broader social change and achieve healthy governance?
  • Planning Tools: What planning tools can planners and policy makers use to ensure access to infrastructure that supports physical activity; clean air, and water; healthy food; affordable housing; jobs/housing balance; and transportation? How can data, indicators, and planning methodologies be leveraged to scale up pandemic resilience and citizen well-being, and to ensure socio-spatial justice? 
  • Environmental Factors and Health: How can we better understand the impact of various urban factors on health, and how do built and social environments affect well-being? 
  • Live-Work Considerations: How can we co-create and collectively organize new modes of living and working to attain a better future for all?     
  • Territorial governance challenges: What should be the role of territorial governance in promoting healthy lifestyles? How can territorial governance contribute to improve access to health and social services and help to reduce health inequalities between different socio-economic groups and vulnerable people? 
  • Promoting social cohesion: How can we promote social cohesion and ensure the wellbeing of inhabitants? How can governance contribute to addressing, managing or eliminating conflicts between different policy fields? How can territorial governance promote intersectorality and involvement of all relevant actors, including citizens?

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