SINTEF + Linstow = Evidence-Based Innovation for Improved Public Health

Health-promoting urban development is an entirely new field with great potential to create better societies.“We applaud Linstow for taking the lead with an evidence-based approach," says Morten Dalsmo, Director of Customers and Market at SINTEF.

21. May 2024
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Building Health – Health-promoting urban development is a research and innovation project led by Linstow in collaboration with research partner, SINTEF. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

“Today, there is much speculation and little knowledge about how rural environments should be designed to promote more physical activity and social inclusion. Two key factors that contribute to keeping us healthier for longer and enabling us to stay at home longer. We think it's fantastic that Linstow will lead the way in this new field with evidence-based solutions," says Dalsmo.

Sustainable Innovation
SINTEF's vision is to deliver world-leading research for innovation that can help achieve the sustainability goals.

“The project we have with Linstow will contribute to increased sustainability in the form of better public health and reducing the need for care services. This is Linstow's innovation project. SINTEF's task is to map existing - and develop new - knowledge that enables Linstow to develop concepts and work processes that they can use in their property projects," says Dalsmo.

Based on the knowledge mapping SINTEF has done, some key insights have been defined. This is not a definitive answer or a checklist, but the essence of the knowledge that developers should use going forward. It will form the basis for a methodology that contributes to optimizing solutions and weighing various interests against one clear goal of creating more health-promoting neighborhoods.

“Knowledge must be put into practice. This is how research makes an impact and makes a difference. It is not SINTEF who will realize this. It is Linstow and other actors they collaborate with in their projects," he explains.

When Linstow is to use health-promoting concepts in the development of new neighborhoods, such as at Adamstuen, in Nes municipality and elsewhere, it will be possible to evaluate the solutions over time and thus develop ever new knowledge.

Break down silos and invest in co-creation
Health-promoting urban development is complex and requires expertise in several areas. This also makes it extra interesting for SINTEF.

“To succeed in solving these types of challenges, a holistic approach is required – far away from silo thinking. That's why we've also put together a research team with expertise in health, rural environments, organization, and work processes," says Dalsmo.