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INclusive Health And wellBeing In small and medium size ciTies. (IN-HABIT)

Access to health and wellbeing may be difficult for people due to their gender, disabilities or minority status, and especially if they live in a peripheral small town or city. To solve this problem, modern approaches are needed to integrate communities and achieve inclusive health and well-being. With this in mind, the EU-funded IN-HABIT project aims to design integrative actions that will be shaped according to the needs of local vulnerable groups in four peripheral small and medium size cities (SMSCs): Cordoba (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Lucca (Italy), and Nitra (Slovakia). They will take the leadership to test visionary and integrated solutions to foster Inclusive Health and Wellbeing (IHW) in SMSCs with a focus on gender and diversity. IN-HABIT visionary approach consists on the innovative mobilization of existing undervalued resources (culture, food, human-animal bonds and environment) to increase IHW. The integrated approach is based on the combination of technological, digital, nature based, cultural, and social innovations in selected urban public spaces. These solutions will be co-designed, co-deployed and co-managed with and by local stakeholders. IN-HABIT will be supported by the city of Bogotá's (Columbia) former experiences.

Universidad de Córdoba

- To enhance the quality, accessibility, safety, inclusiveness and sense of place of urban public spaces, mobilising undervalued resources to boost IHW, integrating social, digital, cultural, technological and naturebased innovations.
- To promote healthy behaviours and to increase the socio-economic, relational and psychological wellbeing of citizens in neighbourhoods facing problems and experiencing rapid socioeconomic/demographic changes.
- To create IN-HUBS, innovative public-private-people partnerships (PPPPs) in each city organised around the focus topic in order to foster new transition management approaches, based on social and institutional innovations and new governance models, and to develop new business models and financial mechanisms based on the concept of polycentric governance of co-created common pool resources.
- To develop a gender, inclusion and diversity urban planning framework that will address the whole policy cycle, from planning to implementation and evaluation.
- To develop new impact indicators on IHW by means of an innovative impact assessment framework going beyond monetary and biophysical aspects and recognising the complex interrelationships among economic, psychological, social and relational dimensions of health and wellbeing.
- To create new business models and to replicate, upscale and disseminate the different visionary and integrated solutions for IHW deployed in each city at different levels.
- To put cross-cutting issues such as Responsible Research and Innovation, gender and open access in the core of IN-HABIT.

The University of Córdoba is the Project Coordinator and participates in all the project's WPs:
• WP1. Sustainable mobility and creative square in Córdoba
• WP2. Agenskalns foof hub in Riga.
• WP3. Hum-animal city in Lucca.
• WP4. Reversible Multifunctional Open-source Urban Landscape in Nitra.
• WP5. Citizen engagement, inclusive business models and PPPPs to boost IHW.
• WP6. Enabling behavioural changes with a gender and diversity perspective.
• WP7. Assessing the impact of visionary and integrated solutions on IHW.
• WP8. Dissemination, Explotation, Communication and Outreach (DECO) strategy.
• WP9. Project Management and coordination.

In aditon, the University of Cordoba leads WP1.


The University of Cordoba is in charge of key derivables and milestones such as:
• The Inclusive Transformation Plan of Las Palmeras and the Upscaling Plan of Las Palmeras Happiness Corridor within WP1.
• Policy guidelines for the replication of visionary integrated solutions that enhance Inclusive Health and Wellbeing (IHW) in WP8.
• A report on Good RRI practices for cities and a Final Society-Science-Policy Conference in WP9.

IN-HABIT will advance knowledge on the health and wellbeing R&I needs of peripheral SMSCs, define frameworks for the collection of data at city-level, and elaborate data to monitor both the city-level evolutionary trajectories and the impact of policy actions. The results will enhance our understanding of how peripheral SMSCs work in practice.

Moreover, the project will boost IHW in the four pilot cities, delivering high quality, multifunctional, public spaces able to integrate digital, social, cultural and nature-based innovation to enhance health and wellbeing. IN-HABIT will use participatory approaches in re-designing and transforming public spaces to increase health and wellbeing in cities through innovative public-private-people partnerships. It will help European cities become world ambassadors of sustainable lifestyles, providing universal access to greener, safe, inclusive and accessible public spaces.


Water, Environmental and Agricultural Resources Economics (WEARE)

Code PAIDI: SEJ-592

María del Mar Delgado Serrano. Coordinator. 

Universidad de Córdoba

Budget of Andalusian group: € 1,941,095.00

Keywords: Inclusive Health and Wellbeing, Partnerships, Disadvantaged neighborhoods, Small and Medium Size Cities
Duration: 60 months. September, 1th 2020 to August, 31th 2025
Project cost: € 11,577,918.75