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Last week, Mel introduced you to some ideas of measuring the economic costs and benefits of healthy cities interventions, or in fact, the lack of intervention to make our cities more healthy. This week, we’re trying to look at those issues which are much less tangible in economic terms, but really have meaning and value for a city. We’re looking at issues like considerations of safety, of urban greening and biodiversity, of the challenges of making a city more social, and increasing conviviality for people experiencing the city. Those things can be measured in economic terms.
But we’re interested to try and consider how we might not only understand them beyond economic terms, but also try and use those debates and arguments in the reasoning and logic for why we want to make interventions in mobility and transport to make our cities healthier. We’ll be looking at examples from around the world where cities, policymakers, and researchers have considered ways to understand the non-economic benefits of change, and particularly the non-economic benefits of bringing stakeholders and community groups together to try and understand the values they place on the sorts of interventions we want to make.
In our case studies, we’ll be trying to follow through some of those examples and how they might sit well in the local context of your example. This will lead us to week five where we’ll be trying to look at the implementation task, which of course, doesn’t just include modelling the metrics of economic success, but also the ways that communities and various stakeholders all have something to gain by making these interventions.

Conventional economic frameworks can overlook how mobility influences the health and liveability of a city in a range of ways.

This week, we’ll explore the non-economic benefits of change, especially the non-economic benefits of bringing stakeholders and community groups together to try and understand the values they place on the mobility interventions we want to implement.

In particular, we’ll explore the role of qualitative indicators to address city sustainability across social, economic and environmental factors and the ways in qualitative indicators can be used in collaboration with, and co-produced with communities.

Your mobility case study

You’ll also have the opportunity to apply your learning to your mobility case study. This week, we’ll consider ways to measure values. We’ll explore ways to access information, such as from engagement with communities, and from specific neighbourhoods, specific groups and places.

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