Digital Connections and Divides: Shaping smart cities and healthy cities

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Digital Connections and Divides: Shaping smart cities and healthy cities

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Digital Cities

Professor Judith Green, from King’s College London, and Professor Steven Hoffman, scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Population & Public Health, will explore the implications of digital divides and digital connections for urban life and social policy at a half-day symposium hosted by the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

Information and communication technologies have reached near-ubiquity in urban areas. They are changing the way cities are governed and experienced, and therefore have major implications for physical and mental health, health monitoring, access to services, and health-care delivery. Professors Green and Hoffman will reflect on the concepts of digital divides and digital connections, and will bring together two major scholarly debates with profound implications for urban policy: ‘smart cities’ and ‘healthy cities.’

Professor Green is the recipient of the notable Dr. Mamoru (Mo) Watanabe Lectureship. The lectureship focuses on current issues in health care delivery, an area of great interest to Dr. Watanabe, and is awarded annually to distinguished scholars and scientists.

Attendees have the opportunity to join breakout sessions to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing urban health, including:

  • Big data and epidemiology
  • The digitalisation of health records
  • Environmental monitoring in the healthy city
  • Who is the healthy city for? Digital technologies in the context of economic, social and cultural diversity
  • Aging and digital technologies: connections or divides?
  • Social media and professional practices: consequence for health and healthcare

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Professor Judith GreenJudith Green King's College London

Professor Green holds the position of Chair in Sociology of Health at King’s College London. Previously, she was with the Health Services Research & Policy department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she had been since 1996. She is a medical sociologist, with degrees in anthropology and medical sociology, who is renowned for her work on the sociology of transportation. She brings a breadth of knowledge and an international reputation in linking social science with public health, as evinced by a textbook in Qualitative Health Research (in its 3rd edition) and editorial leadership for a peer-reviewed journal, Critical Public Health.


Professor Steven HoffmanSteven Hoffman CIHR

Professor Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health. He is an international lawyer who specializes in global governance and legal epidemiology. Since taking on the CIHR role, IPPH has updated its strategic priorities to focus on advancing healthy cities research, using artificial intelligence to address public health challenges, and bridging the gap between evidence and public health policy. Professor Hoffman holds a JD from the University of Toronto, a PhD from Harvard University, and an LLD from Sciences Po Paris.

Urban Health Reception: Networks and connections in digital health

featuring makeCalgary, Street CCRED, W21C, Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, Group for Research with Indigenous People, ‘Smart cities working group,’ and Academic Research and University Libraries.

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On Thursday, June 21 from 4-6 p.m., a networking reception – with special guest Professor Green and hosted by the O’Brien Institute for Public Health – will serve as the platform on which to discuss the efforts and successes of locally-based, community-focused groups.



June 22
8:30 am - 1:30 pm


O’Brien Institute for Public Health
(403) 210-6153


Theatre 4, Health Sciences Centre
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 Canada
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