Urban Spaces for food & health – Training Course Copenhagen

Improving public health through local community actions is a strategy that are increasingly attracting attention. The Captive Food Studies group at Aalborg University and the APEN Centre lead by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation are proud to announce the PhD & Training course:


Urban Spaces –
new opportunities for community action promoting better food & health

August 29-31, 2016. Aalborg University in Copenhagen

The course builds on a broad understanding of public health, which draws on perspectives from citizens daily lives arenas. Instead of using a risk factor based understanding the focal point is on everyday activities and how social interaction and movement can support inclusion and promote health and quality of life. The lectures give examples, theories and concepts from health and activity promoting interventions addressing the environment in the settings of everyday life. Studies illustrate the strengths and the limitations of interventions that aims to “do more things in several places” in order to add intensity in local community actions.

The course aims to contribute to the education and training of students and professionals and looks at recent developments of activity enhancing urban spaces and the potentials for taking local action in a participatory manner. The range of actions include interventions for healthier food options, urban gardening actions, aquaponics and actions for increased physical activity. The course looks at multi-level and multi-component interventions and are aiming giving tools, methods and intervention approaches that can impact the totality of the local community food- and activity scapes and will include highlights from The Sol local community program, the Baltimore Be Healthy community program, the Pacific Region Childrens Healthy Living program and many more local community actions from across Europe. The course is a blend of lectures, students work on group assignements and field visits to best practice Copenhagen examples of innovative foodscape and activityscapes and is worth 5 ECTS.

Participation is free of charge. You can look for details about the program here and enroll at the Aalborg University PhD school website. For enrollment you will first have to register and create an account. At www.capfoods.aau.dk updates will be posted under events.

You might also want to check out the one day open conference on Activity Enhancing Urban Spaces taking place right after the course on September 1st. Its arranged by the new network Activity- and health-enhancing Physical Environments Network (APEN). You can look for more info on the conference here

Kind regards

Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Professor, AAU & René Kural, APEN coordinator. KADK