The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is part of a major new research partnership that has been set up with a grant from Wellcome. The research aims to...
Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) is a four-year program that will run from 2018 – 2021. It aims to deliver strategically vital research on the complex connections between urban development and health within city systems.
CUSSH will utilize multidisciplinary methods to develop critical evidence on how to achieve the transformations that cities need to address the environmental challenges of the 21st century. In addition, it will provide transferable evidence on how to accelerate actions essential to achieving large-scale changes in sectors such as energy, transport, water, sanitation, and housing. The program will embed public engagement, training and co-generation of research throughout its duration.
The program’s objectives are:
CUSSH is a global program that will be conducted in three countries representing high-, middle- and lower-income nations. These participating countries are Kenya, France and China. Two different-sized cities within each of the three countries will form the program study sites. In Kenya, the focal cities are Nairobi and Kisumu. The program will partner with the administrative authorities within these two cities and engagement towards this end has been ongoing since 2016. While the specific sectors that CUSSH will focus on have not been finalized, the transport, energy, housing and water sectors were identified as priorities during initial engagement with representatives from the two cities.
2018 – 2021
The program team consists of a diverse set of partners, led by the University College London (UCL). Other consortium members are the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Buro Happold Engineering and the World Health Organization (WHO). The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) will lead the work in Kenya with the two cities – Nairobi and Kisumu.