Table. Brief snapshot of built environment morphological metrics of the UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform (UKBUMP)

UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform (UKBUMP)

UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform (UKBUMP): A Big data platform for evidence-based healthy city design

Project Team:

Dr Chinmoy Sarkar1 (Concept Lead, Developer & Principal Investigator), Assistant Professor (GIS, Urban Health & Environment)
Professor Chris Webster1 (Co-Principal Investigator), Dean – Faculty of Architecture & Chair Professor
Professor John Gallacher1,2 (Co-Investigator), Professor & Director – UK Dementias Platform
Ms Sarika Kumari1, Research Assistant

1Healthy High Density Cities Lab, HKUrbanLabs, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.

2Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK

Research Centre: Healthy High Density Cities Lab (HealthyHDCities), HKUrbanLabs, University of Hong Kong

Project Funder: The University of Hong Kong Research Assistant Professorship grant, UK Economic & Social Research Council Transformative Research grant, UK Biobank (UKB Research application 11730)

 “Understanding the urban factors that are risk or protective factors for health can capitalize on the positive aspects of urban living and lead to the development of appropriate interventions and preventive measures. Given the growing predominance of the urban living, interventions that take into account features of the urban environment have the potential to be widely applicable and to influence the health of vast number of people”.

Vlahov and Galea, 2003

The Guardian. 6th Oct. 2017. Inner-city living makes for healthier, happier people, study finds

Daily Mail. 6th Oct. 2017. Cities make healthier, happier people.–report.html

International Business Times. 6th Oct. 2017. We’re better off living in cities – and here are three reasons why

Thompson Reuters. 5th October 2017. Cities make for healthier, happier people – report.


The study was conducted using the UK Biobank resource (approved UK Biobank Research application: 11730). The authors thank the Ordnance Survey (UK national mapping agency) for providing access to its UK-wide spatial data for use in this study.