PhD & Training course:
Urban Spaces – new opportunities for community
action promoting better food & health-
August 29-31, 2016

Aalborg University

Arranged in cooperation with
Royal Architectural & Design School


The is a need for of a broader understanding of public health, which draws on people's daily lives arenas where the focal point is on everyday activities and how social interaction and movement can support inclusion and promote health and quality of life. At the same time there is a growing interest for health and activity promoting interventions addressing the environment in the settings of everyday life and a growing number of interventions that aims to “do more things in several places” in order to add intensity have been developed. This course aim 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.

Aim of the course
The aim of the course is demonstrate recent studies on how urban spaces can provide new opportunities for community action that can promote better health and introduce localized foods systems The course aims at providing insight in sampling, development, implementation and evaluation of multi-level, multi-component (ML-MC) community-based interventions and programs

ECTS credits: 5,0



Monday August 29, 10:00


Introduction to the course

  • Student presentation round.
  • Introduction to course assignments, Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, AAU & Rene Kural, KADK

Methods in local community projects

  • How to find involve users in the planning of community food programs - visual & participatory tools for in the SoL & Ellebjerg programs Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Professor, AAU
  • How to create sustainability of intervention - the SoL community program. Bjarne Bruun Jensen, Professor, Steno Diabetes Centre
  • Relationships between the built environment and health with a particular focus on active transport and even organized physical activity. Jens Troelsen, research leader, University of Southern Denmark

Lunch break

Urban spaces for better health

  • How to create more focus on Activity and health-enhancing Physical Environments – a Network approach Rene Kural, APEN coordinator, KADK,
  • Harbors, railway yards & highways - unconventional facilities and urban structures for recreational purposes, professor Kimmo Suomi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • The Active City. Sharing Public Spaces and Enhancing Physical Activity, Romeo Farinella (University of Ferrara, professor Italy
  • Body and the city - theories of the body as a picture of the quality of urban life. Antonio Borgogni University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italien.  


August 30 Tuesday

Urban spaces for better health

  • Historical, cultural and structural conditions affecting everyday life in public spaces,  Astrid Pernille Jespersen, Copenhagen University
  • The CHL program from the US Affiliated Pacific region. Rachel Novotny, Professor University of Hawaii.
  • B’More - Healthy Communities for Kids (BHCK), Joel Gittelson, John Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore

Coffee break

Gardening, food & activity citizenship

  • School gardens – a setting for formal and informal learning and community action – Findings from Gardens for Bellies school garden program, Pernille M Dyg, Post Doctoral Fellow, Associate Lecturer, Metropolitan University College
  • Developing an intergenerational Gardenscapes at Ellebjerg – Thomas Due Aarup, ArchiLAb Copenhagen University, tbc


Excursions (we use CPH public bikes)

The Nørrebro Osram House Aquaponics project – a case of local community actions

Ellebjerg Community gardens - developing an intergenerational garden


Work on assignments

August 31 Wednesday

 Work on assignments


 Plenary presentations of assignments

 Evaluation & feed back

Practical info:


Aalborg University, Frederikskaj 10A, Copenhagen Sydhavn. All rooms are locate on 4the floor. Plenary room: FKJ10A 4.133 (seats 36 ). Group rooms: FKJ10A 4.145, FKJ10A 4.148, FKJ10A 4.149

How to get there
Please find advice on how to get there on this link

Learning goals
Students in this course will be able to demonstrate knowledge on how urban spaces can provide new opportunities for community action that can promote better health and introduce localized foods systems and how sampling, development, implementation and evaluation of multi-level, multi-component (ML-MC) community-based interventions and programs can be planned.

 Programme & Lecturers
The course will include pre-course learning tasks so that student will get to know each other before meeting. The online introductory learning tasks will be moderated according to Gilly Salmon’s 5-stage model of e-learning with the aim to introduce the students to each other prior to the in-class sessions and to ease the future team-building and collaboration in class. These tasks are moderated by René Kural and Bent Egberg Mikkelsen

Post course activities
The course is part of the “The Activity Enhancing Urban Spaces week” taking place in Copenhagen August 29-Sept 2: Students can participate free of charge in the Open Conference on “Activity Enhancing Urban Spaces – taking local action for better food & health” on Sept 1. at Royal Architectural & Design School. The conference is arranged by the research network Activity and health-enhancing physical environments Network led by KADK and involving leading European researchers and universities including AAU.

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 11 July 2016

Important information concerning PhD courses:

We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.