Healthy Settings Global Working Group

The International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) is the only global organisation entirely devoted to advancing public health through health promotion and health education. The IUHPE is a leading global network working to promote health worldwide and contribute to the achievement of equity in health between and within countries.

The Global Working Group (GWG) on Healthy Settings was set up in 2007 to support the development of the whole system healthy settings approach – acknowledging the potential of this approach to contribute to the promotion of health, wellbeing, education and sustainable development, and to the pursuit of equity within and between countries, in the context of globalization and other 21st century forces.

Building on the preparatory work of an informal working group that had met since 2005, the GWG was formed in response to a resolution passed at the 19th World Conference in Vancouver. From 2007-2012, the GWG ws chaired by Dr Mark Dooris at UCLan, its membership being drawn from a range of IUHPE regions and harnesses experience and expertise relating to different settings (e.g. schools, hospitals, workplace, universities, cities).

Lead Investigator / Project Staff

Dr Mark Dooris
Michelle Baybutt

Funding Body

International Union of Health Promotion and Education, £4,500 (2009-10)

Public Outputs

Dooris, M. (2006) Editorial – Healthy settings: future directions. Promotion & Education XIII (1): 4-6.
Web pages
Papers and symposia presented at various international IUHPE conferences




Georg Bauer, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Anne Bunde-Birouste, University of New South Wales, Australia
Prof. Cordia Chu, Griffith University, Australia
Trevor Hancock, Government of British Columbia, Canada
Dr Neil Harris, Griffith University, Australia
Paul Hayton, UCLan, England
Associate Prof. Pierre Horwitz, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Dr Nastaran Keshavarz, Qazvin University for Medical Sciences, Iran
Dr Sami Kokko, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Prof. Albert Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Dr Diane Levin-Zamir, Clalit Health Services Israel
Prof. Vivian Lin, LaTrobe University, Australia
Doug McCall, International School Health Network, Canada
Prof. Jürgen Pelikan, University of Vienna, Austria
Blake Poland, University of Toronto, Canada
Marti Rice, Pan American Health Organization, USA
Prof. Lawrence St Leger, Deakin University, Australia