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Pre-conference: Policy game: Agendasetting of health in urban planning

Wednesday 20 November, 09:00 - 17:00

Organised by:

EUPHA Sections on Public health policy and politics, Health impact assessment and Urban public health



As a practitioner applying Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in policy or planning processes, or as a scientist studying design or outcomes of HIA, you may be wondering about how HIA helps to put public health issues on the policy or planning agenda. When is scientific, objective evidence the active substance for policy impact, and when are additional or alternative strategies needed? How do you build support, how do you establish the ‘right’ timing, and how do you gain access to the relevant networks of influential actors and decision-making procedures? 

In a game simulation of a planning process concerning an urban renewal project, the participants explore those questions implicitly while playing different roles of parties and actors involved in urban renewal. Participants are specifically assigned to develop a strategy to set the political agenda for their different role priorities during the game. The health stakeholders could set the agenda for health either by developing an HIA or by other means. Participants are asked to play a different role than their own real-life one, which enables an individual frame reflection during the game. Afterwards, de-briefing and evaluating the game simulation enables cross-frame reflections, strengthening or renewing the knowledge and competence of participants in health advocacy. 

The game simulations put efforts to set the agenda for health into the perspective of the full dynamics of such planning processes. In the games, the participants are confronted with different frames, interests and positions during and after the game. From the game simulations we may learn how a particular, realistic setting of urban planning induces effective and ineffective strategies from health proponents and non-health actors and stakeholders to put forward their interests in the planning process. 

Moderated by:

  • Marleen Bekker and Annemarie Wagemakers, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
  • Stefano Capolongo and Maddalena Buffoli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Detailed programme is downloadable here.

More information on the contents of the simulation game, click here.  

Registration fee

The registration fee is € 140 which includes networking lunch and refreshments. Number of registrations is limited.