Expert Details

Trevor Hancock

Contact Information

Trevor Hancock
Professor and Senior Scholar
Languages: English
Public Health & Social Policy

Research Information

Research Description

- Public health systems and services
- Urban health and urban health equity
- Health and environment
- Public policy and health

Expertise Profile

What is a healthy city and how do we get one?

Dr. Trevor Hancock teaches that cities wanting to improve the health of their citizens need to pay attention to both their physical and their social environments. Think increasing the amount of green space downtown or introducing community programs that connect citizens with their cities.

Over the past 30 years as an internationally recognized health promotion leader, Dr. Hancock has helped to put health on the agenda of thousands of cities and towns around the world.

He has had a long-standing interest in the relationship between human and environmental health and is one of the founders of the global Healthy Cities and Communities movement.

Dr. Hancock teaches in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria, where his graduate courses connect students to real on the ground problems facing society.

The challenge now is to increase awareness. As co-chair of a working group studying human and ecosystem health for the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), he is searching for new, creative ways to communicate his message.

In Dr. Hancock's words: "We want the three minute viral video, not the academic paper."

Research Keywords

Community Interaction

Community Projects

Dr. Hancock is Co-Director of the Core Public Health Functions Research Initiative, which does research on the implementation of core public health programs in BC (including in the Vancouver Island Health Authority) and public health systems and services research more generally in Canada.

Community Collaborations

He is beginning to explore research that would support the BC Healthy Communities initiative, the Child and Nature Alliance and the Arts and Health Network Canada.

UVic Speakers Bureau

Hancock takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

International Involvement

General International Activities

He was a member of the Knowledge Network on Urban Settlements established by the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health and the Global Research Network on Urban Health Equity (GRNUHE) established by the Rockefeller Foundation. While both have completed their time-limited work, he continues to be involved in follow-up work, especially for the GRNUHE, and to look for opportunities to further this work.

Countries lived/worked in

Sarawak, Denmark, Sweden, UK, USA, Brazil and many others