Dates: 2016 – 2020

Intralaboratory Program Leader: Julie Vallée

Laboratory members involved in the program: Sophie Baudet-Michel, Sandrine Berroir, Hadrien Commenges, Anaïs Dubreuil, Ikram Ferrak, Antoine Fleury, Sylvie Fol, Marianne Guérois, Constance Lecomte, Guillaume Le Roux, François Queyroi, Lena Sanders, Stavros Spyrellis

Teams involved: CRIA, PARIS

Partner Organisations: École de Santé Publique de l’Université de Montréal (Montréal, Canada) ; Institut Pierre Louis d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique (Paris, France)

Extralaboratory Program leaders: Basile Chaix (Montréal), Katherine Frohlich (Paris)

Funding: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) ; CNRS – PICS (Projet International de Coopération Scientifique) ; Labex DynamiTe

Transversal subjects concerned: Mobilities and territories: towards a relational approach to space; Urban fabrics: processes, actors, practices


Description: In RelatHealth project we propose to analyse place effects on health focusing on accessibility to various urban resources, such as health care facilities but also commercial, cultural, transportation and leisure facilities. We aim to reconsider the notion of accessibility combining not only spatial distribution of urban resources but also people’s place experiences and to explore inequalities in resources accessibility may translate into inequalities in health. Two cities are more specifically studied : Paris and Montreal.

The project aims at exploring the spatial logics of intra-urban inequalities in health throught the following question : in wich extent inequities in access to equipments – that do not only depend on the geographic localization of equipments but also result of people’s spatial practices and representations – are involved in intra-urban inequalities in health ?

From empirical data collected in Paris and in Montreal, we propose :

  • to understand better the differences in the way inhabitants experience places from their regular activities locations and their perceived boundaries of neighbourhood of residence (objective n°1),
  • to give a new insight into inequalities of accessibility to urban resources from innovative measurements of accessibi-lity combining spatial resource distribution – a first source of inequality – and people’s places experiences – a se-cond source of inequality (objective nº 2),
  • to explore how variability in access to and utilisation of urban resources may translate into inequalities in health (objective n°3).