Health in Megacities and Urban Areas

  • Alexander Krämer
  • Mobarak Hossain Khan
  • Frauke Kraas

Part of the Contributions to Statistics book series (CONTRIB.STAT.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Challenges, Theories, Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexander Krämer, Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan, Heiko J Jahn
      Pages 3-20
    3. Paulo Pinheiro, Dietrich Plaß, Alexander Krämer
      Pages 21-38
    4. Heiko J. Jahn, Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan, Alexander Krämer
      Pages 39-52
    5. Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan, Arina Zanuzdana
      Pages 53-71
  3. Cases Studies and Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Mitsuru Mori, Asae Oura, Erhua Shang, Fumio Sakauchi, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Aklimunnesa Khan et al.
      Pages 75-86
    3. Rainer Fehr, Rolf Annuss, Claudia Terschüren
      Pages 101-116
  4. Environmental Health Risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Alexandra Schneider, Susanne Breitner, Irene Brüske, Kathrin Wolf, Regina Rückerl, Annette Peters
      Pages 119-133
    3. Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan, Alexander Krämer, Luise Prüfer-Krämer
      Pages 135-152
  5. Informality and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Tabea Bork, Bettina Gransow, Frauke Kraas, Yuan Yuan
      Pages 173-188
    3. Heiko J. Jahn, Li Ling, Lu Han, Yinghua Xia, Alexander Krämer
      Pages 189-208
    4. Ramona Strohschön, Rafig Azzam, Klaus Baier
      Pages 221-229
  6. Spatial Dimensions and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Britta Mey, Manfred Wendisch, Heiko J. Jahn
      Pages 233-242
    3. Oliver Gruebner, Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan, Patrick Hostert
      Pages 243-261
    4. Mareike Kroll, Carsten Butsch, Frauke Kraas
      Pages 263-277
  7. Urban Livelihoods, Urban Food and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Sabine Baumgart, Kirsten Hackenbroch, Shahadat Hossain, Volker Kreibich
      Pages 281-300
    3. Wolfgang-Peter Zingel, Markus Keck, Benjamin Etzold, Hans-Georg Bohle
      Pages 301-319

About this book


Diverse driving forces, processes and actors are responsible for different trends in the development of megacities and large urban areas. Under the dynamics of global change, megacities are themselves changing: On the one hand they are prone to increasing socio-economic vulnerability due to pronounced poverty, socio-spatial and political fragmentation, sometimes with extreme forms of segregation, disparities and conflicts. On the other hand megacities offer positive potential for global transformation, e.g. minimisation of space consumption, highly effective use of resources, efficient disaster prevention and health care options – if good strategies were developed.
At present in many megacities and urban areas of the developing world and the emerging economies the quality of life is eroding. Most of the megacities have grown to unprecedented size, and the pace of urbanisation has far exceeded the growth of the necessary infrastructure and services. As a result, an increasing number of urban dwellers are left without access to basic amenities like clean drinking water, fresh air and safe food. Additionally, social inequalities lead to subsequent and significant intra-urban health inequalities and unbalanced disease burdens that can trigger conflict and violence between subpopulations.
The guiding idea of our book lies in a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to the complex topic of megacities and urban health that can only be adequately understood when different disciplines share their knowledge and methodological tools to work together. We hope that the book will allow readers to deepen their understanding of the complex dynamics of urban and megacity populations through the lens of public health, geographical and other research perspectives.


climate change developing countries megacities spatial epidemiology urban health

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Krämer
    • 1
  • Mobarak Hossain Khan
    • 2
  • Frauke Kraas
    • 3
  1. 1.Fak. GesundheitswissenschaftenUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2., Department of Public Health MedicineSchool of Public Health, Bielefeld UniveBielefeldGermany
  3. 3., Institute of GeographyCologne UniversityCologneGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Physica, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-2732-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7908-2733-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1968
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