Welcome to the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities

We are a global, multi-institutional, transdisciplinary initiative providing evidence-based spatial and urban policy indicators to advocate for and track progress towards healthy and sustainable cities for all.




Full Reports Available

Looking for team members

Assessment underway


The Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities was initiated by the Global Healthy and Sustainable City-Indicators Collaboration to host the indicators developed for The Lancet Global Health series on Urban Design, Transport and Health. It involves a transdisciplinary and multi-organisational partnership among the People, Health and Place Unit of the Prevention Research Center, of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, USA (website sponsor); the International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH); the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA); the International Society of Urban Health (ISUH); and the Executive Committee of the Global Healthy and Sustainable City-Indicators Collaboration.


Recruit City Team

Recruit a team to gather the necessary data, use the GOHSC data processing tools to compute policy and spatial indicators for your city, and advocate for their use to improve health and sustainability in your city.

  • Your city will need people with expertise in:
    • Government policy
    • Spatial analysis (including use of Open Access Data)  advocacy
  • Sign up for the 1000 Cities Challenge to gain access to our data processing tools. Fill out the signup form for yourself or your team [Survey asks about city/region, job title, organization, skills, willingness to share results in academic publications, and desired level of engagement (ability to provide data, already run code, advocate, provide funding]
  • When you complete the survey, you can request to join an already signed up city or regional group, connecting you with other people from your region who have signed up to participate.
  • Your team will then be contacted by a Regional/Country Coordinator, who can assist you with the next steps.