Amy Weimann is a Research Officer at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) and Research Lead for the Urban Governance Research Lab as part of the African Mayoral Leadership Initiative (AMALI). She is also part of the teaching staff for the ACC’s Masters in Sustainable Urban Practice.
Weimann is an urban health researcher with a background in urban geography, having completed her PhD in Public Health from the School of Public Health & Family Medicine (University of Cape Town). Her PhD research expertise includes cross-sector data integration for creating new urban health knowledge and exploring opportunities to incorporate health considerations into food environment and human settlements policies at the African regional and South African national levels, respectively.
As part of the AMALI’s Urban Governance Research lab, Amy contributes to the collation of baseline urban-relevant data for 50 African cities, the development of an online urban governance database, thematic research, and in-depth data collection and compilation of city profiles for the AMALI City Leadership cohorts.
Her recent urban health work has been on developing a framework to strengthen the means of implementation to promote healthy and sustainable cities and communities.
Weimann has previously worked as a Junior Research Fellow on the PEAK Urban project – a five-continent research programme coordinated by the University of Oxford with a sustainable urban research focus. She has also worked in local government collating, integrating and analysing various sets of city-level data, including the South African Census data, crime data, and developing local monitoring indices comprising demographic, socio-economic and health information.
Weimann serves as a steering committee member for the Africa Community of Practice of the International Society for Urban Health.
- McCreedy, N., Shung-King, M., Weimann, A., Tatah, L., Mapa-Tassou, C., Muzenda, T., Govia, I.,Were, V. & Oni, T. 2022. Reducing sugar intake in South Africa: learnings from a multilevel policy analysis on diet and noncommunicable disease prevention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18):11828. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191811828
- Muzenda, T., Shung-King, M., Lambert, E.V., Brugulat Panés, A., Weimann, A., McCreedy, N., Tatah, L., Mapa-Tassou, C., Govia, I., Were, V. & Oni, T. 2022. Three growth spurts in global physical activity policies between 2000 and 2019: a policy document analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(7):3819. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073819
- Shung-King, M., Weimann, A., McCreedy, N., Tatah, L., Mapa-Tassou, C., Muzenda, T., Govia, I., Were, V., & Oni, T. 2021. Protocol for a multi-level policy analysis of non-communicable disease determinants of diet and physical activity: implications for low- and middle-income countries in Africa and the Caribbean. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(24):13061. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413061
- Tatah, L., Mapa-Tassou, C., Shung-King, M., Oni, T., Woodcock, J., Weimann, A., McCreedy, N., Muzenda, T., Govia, I., Mbanya, J.C., & Assah, F. 2021. Analysis of Cameroon’s sectoral policies on physical activity for noncommunicable disease prevention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(23):12713. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312713
- Weimann, A., Shung-King, M., McCreedy, N., Tatah, L., Mapa-Tassou, C., Muzenda, T., Govia, I., Were, V., & Oni, T. 2021. Intersectoral action for addressing NCDs through the food environment: an analysis of NCD framing in global policies and its relevance for the African context. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21):11246. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111246
- Oni, T., Assah, F., Erzse, A., Foley, L., Govia, I., Hofman, K. J., Lambert, E. V., Micklesfield, L. K., Shung-King, M., Smith, J., Turner-Moss, E., Unwin, N., Wadende, P., Woodcock, J., Mbanya, J. C., Norris, S. A., Obonyo, C. O., Tulloch-Reid, M. & Wareham, N. J. on behalf of the GDAR network. 2020. The global diet and activity research (GDAR) network: A global public health partnership to address upstream NCD risk factors in urban low and middle-income contexts. Globalization and Health, 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-020-00630-y
- Weimann, A., Kabane, N., Jooste, T., Hawkridge, A. Smit, W. & Oni, T. 2020. Health through human settlements: Investigating policymakers’ perceptions of human settlement action for population health improvement in urban South Africa. Habitat International, 103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2020.102203
- Oni, T., Micklesfield, L. K., Wadende, P., Obonyo, C. O., Woodcock, J., Mogo, E. R. I., Odunitan-Wayas, F. A., Assah, F., Tatah, L., Foley, L., Mapa-Tassou, C., Bhagtani, D., Weimann, A., Mba, C., Unwin, N., Brugulat-Panés, A., Hofman, K., J., Smith, J., Tulloch-Reid, M., Erzse, A., Shung-King, M., Lambert, E. V., & Wareham., N. J. 2020. Implications of COVID-19 control measures for diet and physical activity, and lessons for addressing other pandemics facing rapidly urbanising countries. Global Health Action, 13:1. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2020.1810415
- Weimann, A., Nguendo-Yongsi, B., Foka, C., Waffo, U., Carbajal, P, Sietchiping, R. & Oni, T. 2020. Developing a participatory approach to building a coalition of transdisciplinary actors for healthy urban planning in African cities – a case study of Douala, Cameroon. Cities & Health, 6(1):87-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2020.1741966
- Weimann, A. & Oni, T. 2019. A systematised review of the health impact of urban informal settlements and implications for upgrading interventions in South Africa, a rapidly urbanising middle-income country. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(3608):1-17. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16193608
- A cross-sectional and spatial analysis of the prevalence of multimorbidity and its association with socioeconomic disadvantage in South Africa: A comparison between 2008 and 2012. Social Science & Medicine, 163: 144-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.06.055
Reports/Working Papers/Policy Briefs
- 2022. Age-friendly cities and communities. World Health Organization, Geneva.
- Oni, T., Mogo, E., Ahmed, A., Ebikeme, C., Thomas, Y., Weimann, A. & Davies, J. 2019. Bolder action for health in Africa: from building health systems to building systems for health for NCD prevention [policy brief]. Available: https://isuh.org/bolder-action-for-health-in-africa/
- Weimann, A., Smit, W., Kabane, N., Jooste, T., Hawkridge, A. and Oni, T. 2017. Health in urban housing policies in the Western Cape: investigating housing policies to address infectious and non-communicable disease epidemics. Western Cape Government Provincial Health Research Newsletter. Issue 9.
- Weimann, A. 2021. Intersectoral policy approaches to healthy cities with a focus on built and food environments. PhD Thesis. University of Cape Town.
- Weimann, A. 2016. The use and disaggregation of survey data to study the cross-sectional and spatial distribution of multimorbidity and its association with socioeconomic disadvantage in South Africa. Masters Dissertation. University of Cape Town.