Jason Corburn's research focuses on urban health both in the US and globally. He studies why one's neighborhood or postal code can be a greater predictor of health and life expectancy than one's genetic code. His research includes investigating how urban parks, housing and public space improvements can reduce health inequities, improve resilience to climate change and address racial/ethnic disparities in well-being. He specializes in community-based participatory research and citizen science, or where non-professionals engage in the research and policy-making process. He also works on urban gun violence reduction strategies, urban Health in All Policies, the links between chronic and infectious diseases in cities in the global south, and how to improve the well being of urban slum dwellers. He has worked in over 30 different countries and have active projects in the US, South Africa, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, India and Kenya.
In the News
Residents of Richmond, Calif., on the northeastern edge of San Francisco Bay, expect climate change to present their city with major challenges –- from rising sea levels to higher temperatures, flood risks and increased energy and water consumption –- in coming years. For help meeting these challenges, the city is turning to planning students at UC Berkeley.