Urban doughnot econonomics - Energy, transport & public health


In a recent publication, we looked at the Synergies and trade-offs between energy-efficient urbanization and health. It may serve as an example of urban doughnut economics.

What does the paper do? Investigate urbananization and energy use dynamics in India in the context of public health.

What does it find? Electricity access for all crucial to reduce prevalent morbidity, like fever and stunting, together with separate kitchen space. It also finds that private automobile use is correlated with diabetes and similar diseases.

This finding implies that India does require more electricity access and energy use, even if higher greenhouse gas emissions are implied; however, there is scope for public transit and electric scooters instead of private gasoline cars, improving both health and helping to keep within the planet boundary.

Anyone has similar urban doughnut economic examples?


I have recently become very interested in urban agriculture and self-sustaining resource recycling forms of production such as aquaculture, permaculture, even vertical farming. My long term goal is to setup a R&D site to see if this model can be brought to underserved urban food-blight areas to build community co-op small startups with the goal of bringing employment and food sufficiency back to areas where such services are lacking.