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Wellness City

Health and Well-being in Urban Economic Development

Authors: Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

  • Responds to the need for cities to continuously identify new growth sectors and ideas
  • Highlights the economic significance and composition of wellness as a global industry
  • Presents primary examples of existing and planned wellness cities, which illustrate different approaches to wellness city development
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About this book

Addressing the continuous need for new growth sectors in post-industrial cities, this book considers the economic significance of wellness from a development policy perspective. The author goes beyond personal health discourse to conceptualise wellness as an emerging industry, presenting empirical cases of community, attraction, and export-orientated strategies around the world. Combining holistic health, urban governance and economic development, this book will provide valuable reading for those studying policy, tourism and the wellness sector as well as business entrepreneurs within this evolving industry.

About the authors

Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland. His research focuses on local economic development and public sector innovations. His academic contributions include a large number of internationally distributed publications, including The Political Economy of City Branding and New Urban Management (Palgrave, 2015). 

Reviews

“Wellness is a term that is commonly associated with health services – often in relation to preventative policy. Similarly it is a noteworthy consumer trend as well as a booming industry. However, it is slowly finding its way into local economic development agenda, too, which is well depicted in this book. Wellness City provides a good basis for understanding the nature and opportunities of wellness-oriented cluster policy. This book is an essential read for key stakeholders in local economic development.” (Ian C. Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Business & Public Services in the Business, Enterprise and Management Division, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK)
“Anttiroiko's Wellness City addresses a topic that has been growing in importance for a few decades, yet is still being poorly conceptualised in local economic development discourse. The book is timely and fills a significant knowledge gap by opening up a new horizon for local economic development based on wellness-oriented cluster policy. The book creates a major benchmark in the urban wellness discourse. It represents essential reading for both academics, practitioners, and students in multiple disciplines interested in urban wellness and its economic potential. It opens the door for more research to follow.” (Roger W. Caves, Professor Emeritus of City Planning, San Diego State University)

“A view that economic development inherently improves the well-being of communities has been challenged in current economic discourse. To overcome the shortcomings of such a narrow economistic thinking, we need to approach local development in a holistic manner. Wellness City addresses this issue by providing a balanced perspective on how health and well-being relate to the promotion of both economic development and inclusive prosperity. In this respect, this book is a significant step forward in urban policy studies. At a time when  policy-makers and scholars are puzzled by the challenges of urban development, Wellness City is a valuable source of guidance for envisioning a new urban agenda.” (Hiroyuki Mori, Professor of Economics, Ritsumeikan University, Japan)

“Wellness is a major economic trend of our time. Quality of life and welfare are translating the outcomes of economic development to better material conditions and every-day living. However, there are hardly any coherent descriptions of the forms and scope of wellness in local economic development. Anttiroiko highlights key dimensions of wellness-oriented policy and reveals empirical cases that illustrate how local governments can profit from wellness strategies. Placed at the intersection of holistic health, economic life, and urban governance, this book should be read by students, experts and public managers looking to create new policies on local economic development and urban living.” (Nicos Komninos, Professor, URENIO Research, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

    Pages 1-6

  • The Conceptual Field of Wellness

    Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

    Pages 7-20

  • Wellness and the City

    Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

    Pages 21-31

  • Wellness in Local Economic Development

    Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

    Pages 33-50

  • Dimensions of the Wellness City

    Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

    Pages 51-97

Buy this book

eBook £34.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75562-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £43.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75561-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wellness City
Book Subtitle
Health and Well-being in Urban Economic Development
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75562-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75562-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75561-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 159
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
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