Evelyne de Leeuw MSc. MPH PhD – Director of CHETRE
Evelyne has made a career in health promotion, urban health, and health political science since the mid-1980s. She lived and worked in places like El Salvador, The Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Denmark and Australia.
Currently she is professor of public health and director of CHETRE (Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation) – an institution that ‘co-creates intelligence for better health’ (its mission statement) for, with and in South Western Sydney’s communities, research establishments and health services.
Evelyne is also Editor-in-Chief of Health Promotion International and leads the HUE (Healthy Urban Environments) Collaboratory. She has been connected with global Healthy Cities since 1986.
PRESENTATION TITLE: Is the evidence that airports create health?
Airports are enormous infrastructures with impacts well beyond the visual horizon. Flight paths, fuel consumption and transport, emissions, concentrations of people, goods and services are only a few of the parameters that have been described in the health literature as having detrimental effects on health. However, airports do not ‘occur naturally’ outside the control of designers, policy makers, industry, and politicians. In fact – they are shaped by those stakeholders and the communities that are affected (positively and negatively) by the aviation industry. Could airports therefore be conceptualised as engines for health? This presentation highlights the conceptualisation of ‘Healthy Airports’ and the glocal contexts and mechanisms that would enable Nancy Bird-Walton International Airport to become such a ‘Healthy Airport’.