Seeking to produce evidence that can inform transitions to healthy cities, where people can engage in active living in community, home, work and transport settings.
Urban form (including attributes of buildings and neighbourhoods) shapes human behaviour. Sedentary lifestyles, which are currently dominant in our society, are known to increase the risk of obesity and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. This research theme aims to identify specific design that may be modified to address physical inactivity, time spent sitting and health risk. Our ultimate goal is to assist policymakers and practitioners to make informed decisions that will enhance community and population health.
Our interdisciplinary research covers public health, epidemiology, behavioural science, data science, urban planning/design, geography and transport.
Our studies include:
- neighbourhood built environments, physical activity, other health-related behaviours and health outcomes
- urban green spaces, community gardens, sociability and health
- behaviour and health in changing workplace environments
- active and sedentary travel behaviours and their health impacts
- environmental approaches to reducing health inequalities.