Speakers

Billie Giles-Corti

Billie is the Director of the Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT University and Research Coordinator of the Healthy Liveable Cities Group at the Centre for Urban Research

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and former Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. She directed the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit in the Centre for Health Equity.

For two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing. She currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Healthy Liveable Communities, which was established in 2014.

Professor Giles-Corti has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations is ranked in the top 1 percent of researchers in her field globally. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar, and an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow for being the top ranked female in public health in 2015.

Jim Sallis

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego and Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity. Prof. Sallis was a pioneer in developing the interdisciplinary study of built environment and physical activity, including such topics as community walkability, design of parks, and facilities for safe bicycling. He co-founded IPEN (International Physical Activity and Environment Network), which is coordinating international studies in over 20 countries. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies.

His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce obesity and chronic diseases. He is the author of over 600 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. Thomson-Reuters identified him as one of the world’s most creative scientific minds of  2014, 2015, and 2016. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports. He serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine. He is current President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Paul Murrain

Paul is an urban design practitioner and teacher with 30 years experience. He is a former Senior Lecturer and Course Director at the Joint Centre for Urban Design in Oxford, He worked practiced and lectured (University of Miami) in the USA from 1996-2000.

From May 2002-April 2005, he was Senior Design Director at HRH The Prince of Wales’ Foundation for the Built Environment. Whilst at the Prince’s Foundation, Paul was responsible for both the projects and the teaching programs. He continues to work with The Foundation as a network Practitioner and Senior Fellow. He also contributes to their teaching program.

Paul was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich from 2007 to 2010 and an in 2016 he was invited to a similar post at the University of Stockholm. He has collaborated with leading worldwide and US New Urbanists Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) for many years in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and the USA. In the UK he has served on DPZ Enquiry by Design teams at Tornagrain, Inverness

Paul has carried out many projects across the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Norway and the UK for a range of public and private sector clients. He has often been lead urban designer fronting the Enquiry by Design method of collaborative engagement.  Between 1995-1997 he played a major role along with local practices in Johannesburg, to redevelop and intensify a low-density suburb transforming it into ‘Melrose Arch’ With its traditional streets and fine grained mix of residential, retail, offices, it continues to be one of the most successful developments in South Africa.

In February 2004, back in the UK, Paul was lead Urban Designer exploring the potential of Harlow New Town to absorb a proportion of the London-Stansted-Cambridge growth corridor in the form of a sustainable urban extension of approximately 55,000 people. This project was recommended to proceed at judicial review of the Regional Spatial Strategy.

Since leaving the Prince’s Foundation he has also been retained by the client to work on Sherford, the masterplan for an urban extension to Plymouth for 5,500 dwellings and associated mixed use. This project saw pioneering collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and their ‘Greenprint’ Sustainability Assessment techniques.

Paul was a member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Design Coding Advisory Panel. Prior to that he was asked to advise the office of the ODPM on matters related to New Urbanism and urban design codes and was invited to join the Deputy Prime Minister and his fact finding team in the USA in 2003.

He has carried out many consultancy commissions in Australia over the last 25 years, including leading major urban design work for complex inner city sites in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and undertaken visiting lectureships at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Paul is an original member of the Congress for the New Urbanism in the USA and a signatory to the New Urbanist Charter.

In 2008 he was appointed to the UK Government’s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment  (CABE) Expert Panel on Strategic Urban Design and as a CABE Enabler.

Paul was recently appointed as lead urban design consultant and EbD lead to a multi disciplinary team lead by Savills for the Government initiative of Science Vale in South Oxfordshire. The project was in collaboration with the UK Dep’t of Communities and Local Government to develop a UK base for innovative science based industries.

Evan Jones

Evan Jones is a town planner and urban designer who runs a planning consultancy. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Evan has extensive private sector and government experience. He was National Planning Director for Multiplex and has prepared metropolitan plans for Sydney and Brisbane.  In WA he developed Liveable Neighbourhoods Code and led the Armadale and Midland redevelopment projects for the State Government.

Evan contributes to public policy as the Chair for the Centre for Built Environment and Health at the University of Western Australia and as a Director of the Australian Council for New Urbanism.

Hannah Badland

Dr Badland researches how improving the liveability of cities through better urban design can enhance health and wellbeing and reduce inequities.

Dr Badland examines how the built environment is connected to health, wellbeing and inequities in adults and children internationally. She recently led a program to conceptualise, develop and test urban liveability measures with health and wellbeing.

Dr Badland has focused on research programs with end-users such as policy-makers, planners and non-government organisations. Her research has spanned projects looking into remote sensing technologies, child independent mobility and travel behaviours in diverse settings.

Among Dr Badland’s major achievements are working on two NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence projects covering health, liveability and disability and being an investigator in a 14 country study.

Dr Badland earned her PhD in Public Health from Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) in 2007 where she investigated associations between the built environment, travel behaviours and health outcomes in adults.

Dr Badland was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra is a postgraduate researcher with the Healthy Liveable Cities group at RMIT University. Her research interests include urban design and public health – or more specifically, the ways in which high density residential environments impact on residents’ social relationships. She hopes to make significant contributions to the growing evidence base for high density living, with a particular emphasis on how it can be beneficial for – or detrimental to – public health outcomes.

Bryan Boruff

Bryan J Boruff is a Geographer and Senior Lecturer in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Dr Boruff’s expertise lie in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards. Over the past decade, Dr Boruff’s research interests have expanded to encompass a range of environmental management issues including agricultural and renewable energy production, population health, sustainable livelihoods, geographic information delivery, and development of spatially enabled eResearch tools.

Jerome Rachele

Jerome Rachele is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University, and leads the causal inference research program in the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities. His research centres around investigating causal relationships between the built and social environment and health, health inequities, and active travel, using data from longitudinal studies and natural experiments.

Jonathan Arundel

Dr Arundel is a Senior Research Fellow with the Healthy Liveable Cities Group at RMIT University.

He has 15 years of experience in the telecommunications and transportation industries.   Over this time he has worked as a consultant, analyst and manager of technical teams.  His background spans Agent-Based Modelling, remote sensing and ecology and he has a strong background in spatial methods including GIS. He is currently leading the development of a national liveability indicator geospatial database and portal that will allow users to visualise the indicators developed in the Australian National Liveability Study and allow researchers to securely link population health survey data to these indicators.

Karen Villanueva

Dr Villanueva is a Research Fellow within the Healthy Liveable Cities Group. Her research is focused on how urban built environments shape child health behaviours and outcomes. In particular, she is interested in locational and socio-environmental determinants of children’s independent mobility, activity spaces (areas they roam), development and mental health. She has sourced spatial data, conceptualised and developed built environment measures using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, linked spatial data to other sources, and applied spatial indices to health outcomes. Her collaborative work with linking spatial measures to hospital, survey, and mental health data is the first of its kind globally, thus informing data linkage methods internationally. She holds a fractional appointment at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Melanie Davern

Melanie is a Senior Research Fellow within the Healthy Liveable Cities Unit and Centre for Urban Design at RMIT University.

Dr Melanie Davern interests and passion are in policy focused research with specific expertise in the development and application of population based indicators of wellbeing at the community level (community indicators) and the individual level (subjective wellbeing) within Australia and internationally. She has extensive expertise in the development and construction of community wellbeing indicators, worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about using data as a catalyst for action.

Melanie was formally the Director of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) at the McCaughey VicHealth Unit of Community Wellbeing, at the University of Melbourne.

Sarah Foster

Dr Foster’s research focuses on dwelling and neighbourhood characteristics and their impact on a range of health behaviours and outcomes including mental health, fear of crime, sense of community and physical activity.

Through her research, she aims to provide evidence to defend, refine or strengthen apartment design and high density housing guidelines which support healthy, equitable and sustainable residential environments that meet the needs of diverse populations. In 2012, she was awarded a Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowship to conduct a three-year program examination of the influence of built environments on health across the course of life. In 2016, she was awarded a three-year ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to examine the policy and practice of designing healthy and equitable higher-density housing.

Dr Foster earned her PhD in 2010 from The University of Western Australia and was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies.

Gavin Turrell

Gavin Turrell is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor at the Institute for Health and Ageing (Australian Catholic University) in Melbourne. His primary research interests are in social epidemiology, with a particular focus on the social determinants of health and health inequalities. Gavin is the Principal Investigator of the HABITAT Project, a large longitudinal study of the neighbourhood environment and health among mid- and older-aged residents of Brisbane City (https://iha.acu.edu.au/research/research-projects/habitat-project/). Prof. Turrell is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities, where he is undertaking a research program examining whether the neighbourhood built environment is causally related to health and wellbeing. Throughout his career Gavin has published on a wide range of topics focusing on the built and social environment, transport, socioeconomic inequality, health related behaviours, (physical activity, diet, smoking, and alcohol), and chronic disease.

Ester Cerin

Professor Ester Cerin is a psychologist and statistician. Her research interests focus on environmental and psychosocial determinants of lifestyle behaviours and health across the lifespan. She has held substantive academic positions in the USA and Hong Kong and currently leads a research program in Urban Spaces and Active Ageing in the Institute for Health and Ageing (Australian Catholic University), with intersecting interests in neighbourhood built environment, physical activity and cognitive and mental health. The program is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship and an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health. She is also Honorary Professorial Fellow of Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong.

Paula Hooper

Paula is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Built Environment and Health based in the Schools of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Dr Hooper’s multidisciplinary research work has studied the impact of the built environment and urban design on health and wellbeing and has had a strong focus on policy-relevance and research-translation, for which she has won numerous planning industry-based awards.

Alison Barr

Ali is a health researcher working in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.  Her primary research focus is how built environment and transport systems influence health, with a focus on the spatial distribution of disadvantage and health inequities.   Ali worked in health promotion policy and evaluation for the Victorian government for over ten years.  She completed her PhD in 2014, examining how public transport accessibility is associated with walking and biomarkers of chronic disease.

Dana Jeffrey

Presenting research undertaken with the Centre of Urban Research RMIT for the completion of the Masters of Urban Planning at Melbourne University.

Dave Kendal

Dave is a research fellow in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne, working in the Clean Air and Urban Landscape (CAUL) hub of the National Environmental Science Program. His research aims to increase understanding of why and how we create and manage the landscapes we do: mostly in the context of green space in cities, and more generally around human engagement with different kinds of nature in cities and beyond. Dave has produced over 50 scholarly publications and research reports, and supervised a number of graduate students to completion. He is currently a member of Australia’s federal Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

Fatima Ghani

Fatima is finishing a PhD in social epidemiology focusing on how the social and built environment of neighbourhoods influence the recreational and utilitarian walking of men and women of different age groups. This research program is part of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities.

Fatima completed a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Public Health, and has worked in a range of health promotion and research projects as well as policy roles at the Australian Government Department of Health, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the former Australian National Preventive Health Agency.

Jenny Veitch

Dr Jenny Veitch is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. She is supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship.  Dr Veitch is an active researcher in understanding how aspects of the neighbourhood social and built environment may influence physical activity and sedentary behaviour in populations. She has a particular research focus on how the design of urban green and public open spaces may promote opportunities for physical activity.

Lennert Veerman

Dr Veerman is the Senior Health Economist at the Cancer Council NSW, and has academic affiliations as Adjunct Associate Professor with the Sydney Medical School and as Honorary Research Fellow with The University of Queensland School of Public Health. He is a Dutch-trained public health physician with passion for healthy physical, economic, social and natural environments. Dr Veerman gives direction to an expanding program of work in the area of physical activity, diet, and body mass.

Paddy Dempsey

Dr Dempsey is a multidisciplinary early career medical research scientist, with groundings in human physiology, exercise science and public health. He works within the Smart Cities Institute as part of the Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University. He is also an honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow across several laboratories (Physical Activity, Behavioural Epidemiology and Metabolic and Vascular Physiology) at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, where he completed his PhD studies. Dr Dempsey’s research interests are currently focussed on the role of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and diet (including their interacting effects) in the prevention and management of chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Sandy Austin

30 years experience in both public and private health sectors in Canada, USA and Australia with roles encompassing the breadth of direct service provision and strategic planning. Currently Ms Austin is the Health Director for the East Division in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms Austin’s career has focused on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and population groups across all age groups by strengthening and reorienting health systems across the spectrum of primary, secondary and tertiary care. Underlying all the work is a strong stakeholder engagement and partnering approach across the three tiers of government, non-government organisations and universities.

Suzanne Mavoa

Dr Suzanne Mavoa is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Suzanne has a background in Geography and Information Systems and since 2006 has been applying geospatial methods such as Geographic Information Systems and GPS, to built environment and health research. Suzanne’s fellowship research is investigating associations between urban nature and cardiovascular disease risk.

Melanie Lowe

Dr Melanie Lowe is a Lecturer in Public Health at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Her research spans the urban planning and public health fields, examining how to plan healthy and liveable urban environments. She works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams of researchers and policymakers to strengthen the consideration of health in city planning. She has published work on integrated planning, urban design and health, liveability indicators, translating research into practice, and policy options with co-benefits for urban health and environmental sustainability. Dr Lowe earned her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016, and from 2014-15 she was a founding National Co-chair of the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network.

Manoj Chandrabose

Manoj is currently pursuing his PhD at Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University in the field of Built Environment and Health under the supervision of Professor Takemi Sugiyama, Professor Gavin Turrell, Professor Neville Owen and Professor Billie Giles-Corti. Manoj’s PhD thesis examines the role of built environmental design in adults’ health by linking the health and behavioural data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study with objectively measured Geographical Information System data. This research study is a part of NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Healthy, Liveable Communities. Manoj has a background in statistics, and is currently interested in research areas involving the built environment, active living and health.

Claire Boulange

Claire is a postdoctoral research fellow and part of the Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group. Her research spans the urban planning and public health disciplines, focusing on how city planning and urban analytics can support the creation of healthy liveable urban environments. Claire holds a Master of urban planning from the Université Joseph Fourier (France) and a PhD in urban planning and population health from the University of Melbourne.
Skilled at using quantitative methods in spatial analysis Claire works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, policy makers and professional planners to strengthen the consideration of health in planning policy and practice.
Claire’s current research focuses on developing advanced simulation tools and Planning Support System to inform understanding of the relationship between the built environment and population health.

Belen ZapataDiomedi

Belen recently submitted her PhD at the University of Queensland School of Public Health supervised by Dr Veerman. Her studies contributed to the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities (CRE). Belen holds a bachelor degree in Accounting and a Master in Development Economics and she developed skills in health economics and epidemiology while completing her PhD. At the end of the year Belen will go to the United Kingdom for a short stay at the University of Cambridge with an Endeavour grant.

Hayley Christian

Dr Christian’s research is focussed on improving children’s physical activity levels, health and well-being through multi-level interventions focussed on the child, family, social and built environment. This includes identifying and testing strategies to create healthy early childhood education and care environments and investigating how the home and neighbourhood environment shapes children’s health and development.

Associate Professor Christian leads the PLAYCE program of research, a multidisciplinary team at The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) School of Population and Global Health. She is Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute and an Associate of the UWA Centre for the Built Environment and Health (2003- ). Dr Christian holds a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2016-2020).

Carl Higgs

Carl Higgs is a researcher in the Healthy Liveable Cities group of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT. An aspiring biostatistician with experience in research relating to population health and spatial analysis, Carl completed a Master of Public Health with an epidemiology and biostatistics focus in 2015 at the University of Melbourne and is currently completing a Master of Biostatistics degree. He brings key skills in programming, information management, statistical analysis and interactive visualisation to the Healthy Liveable Cities team.

Maureen Murphy

Maureen Murphy is a PhD candidate in the Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities at The University of Melbourne. Maureen has conceptualised, developed and tested local food environment indicators for a healthy, liveable and equitable city; and is currently completing her PhD with a study into urban governance and local food environments. Maureen has published and presented her research to both policy makers and researchers, and has 15 years’ experience working in preventive health for local and state governments.

Joe Hurley

Dr Joe Hurley is Deputy Dean, Sustainability and Urban Planning (acting) at RMIT University, and a researcher in the Centre for Urban Research. His research focuses on urban sustainability, urban planning governance and systems, and historical urban analysis. He is deputy leader, Urban Systems theme, in the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, an $8.8 million dollar program of research under the National Environmental Science program; and leads the sub-project ‘Making greening happen in consolidating cities’. In 2016, he received the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Research Excellence Award.

Vincent Learnihan

Vincent has developed considerable experience in the multidisciplinary field of built environment and health. His Masters examined the influence of geographic scale on the relationship between walking and the built environment. His work has taken him to the United States where he was employed both in a technical and consulting capacity applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to urban planning, transportation and public health data. He has worked with leading built environment and health scholars on a range of large health research projects involving academic, private and government stakeholders and contributed to peer-reviewed publications, research tools and surveys. He is a co-author on nine peer reviewed articles with over 200 citations. He joined the University of Canberra in 2013.
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Vincent has a keen interest in advancing research to prevent ill health and chronic disease in the community. He seeks to apply innovative spatial methods to data to further understand relationships between health and place and build evidence to inform policy.

Lucy Gunn

Dr Gunn’s research interests include using quantitative techniques to explore the relationship between the built environment and health and wellbeing outcomes. To investigate this she uses geographic information system (GIS) data of the built environment combined with health and wellbeing survey information.

Her current research explores how the structure of built environments are supportive of healthy behaviors, such as walking, or healthy outcomes such as subjective wellbeing. A key interest is in analyzing and understanding which built environments are supportive of health, since this provides an evidence base to policy makers and planners on what constitutes good built environment design and provides feedback on the implementation of past and current urban design plans. In this area, a health focus is being applied to evaluate and perform economic evaluations of built environment interventions applied to recent precinct structure plans in partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority.

She has found inequity between people when examining socio-spatial indicators of people living close to polluting sites with those living across metropolitan Melbourne. Other publications have explored the use of indicator systems based on consultant working and involvement with Community Indicators Victoria in partnership with EPAV, Ballarat, Boroondara and Cardinia Councils. In this capacity she has delivered training on the use of indicators in Community, Health and Wellbeing planning using Results Based Accountability.

Anna Timperio

Anna Timperio is an Alfred Deakin Professor and National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow at Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).  Her research focuses on understanding the range of influences on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and eating behaviours among children and youth. She is particularly interested in how built environment and family influences interact to influence these behaviours and how and why physical activity and eating behaviours change over key transition periods from childhood to young adulthood. She has over 160 publications and is one of the most cited researchers in her filed. She was involved in the development of the most recent Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Young People and is a Fellow of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Thomas Astell-Burt

Thomas is a Co-Director of the Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab (PowerLab) and Deputy Head of School at the University of Wollongong. Thomas’ research is at the interface between population, wellbeing and environmental research. He is particularly interested in neighbourhood characteristics that help to promote healthier, more equitable ageing and, especially, prevention of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia. Thomas is interested in supervising future PhD students and working with emerging researchers with experience in epidemiology, geographic information systems, statistics and other areas of quantitative social sciences.

Xiaoqi Feng

Dr Xiaoqi Feng is a Co-Director of the Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab (PowerLab) and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Her research and teaching is multidisciplinary and policy driven, leveraging synergies between public health, geography and economics to enhance understandings of health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in children’s environmental health and uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and multilevel models to analyse sources of epidemiological, spatial and administrative data. She has earned over AUD$5 million in research funding, including leading roles on grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Heart Foundation and Hort Innovation. Dr Feng is highly collaborative with an international professional network including scientists and policymakers based in the Australia, the United States, Germany, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil and China.

Takemi Sugiyama

Dr Takemi Sugiyama is Professor of Built Environment at Institute for Health & Ageing, Australian Catholic University. He has a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in Environment-Behaviour Studies from University of Sydney. After more than 10 years of research experience in diverse areas such as architecture, urban design, behavioural and spatial epidemiology, he has recently joined Australian Catholic University to further work on interdisciplinary research involving health and design. Dr Sugiyama’s current research focuses on local environmental attributes associated with older adults’ mobility and active living, characteristics of indoor environments relevant to occupiers’ activity and well-being, and the health impact of active and sedentary transport.

Amy Child

With over 15 year’s national and international experience, Amy Child is a transport planner at Arup specialising in transport strategy and travel demand management.  She holds qualifications in Civil Engineering, Urban and Environmental Planning and Transport Planning and Management. Passionate about all things ‘city, Amy strives to provide transport solutions which are equitable, considerate of the urban fabric and enhance the user experience.  She offers a wealth of expertise in developing transport strategies with a focus on walking and cycling.  Most recently she has been involved in the development of low stress cycling infrastructure suitable for all, rather than the brave few.  To date Amy has had a number of career highlights including developing the transport strategy for the new Perth Stadium and working with the Olympic Delivery Authority providing travel planning advice to businesses impacted by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Alex Saunders

Alex is currently employed as a GIS Specialist in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia. A GIS graduate from UWA, he has worked in the field since 2000 and spent over a decade working for the Department of Planning. During this time he established the on-going Urban Growth Monitor (UGM) program, a vector-based model published annually and now its seventh edition.  The UGM was recognised by both the Planning Institute of Australia and the SSSI, winning a best small project award and a spatial excellence award (Land Titling and Development) in 2011.

More recently Alex worked for Aurecon Australia and MacroPlan Dimasi, before joining UWA at the Centre for the Built Environment and Health in early 2015.

Alex’s recent work includes collaboration with CSIRO to develop methods for examine changes in urban vegetation across time and space as well as the development of urban green infrastructure typologies as part of the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL), National Environmental Science Program (NESP).

Rebecca Madill

Rebecca Madill is an MPhil Candidate at the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Rebecca’s research focuses on the equity of diabetic health service provision for residents in Melbourne’s urban growth areas. Rebecca’s research used geographic information system (GIS) techniques to explore equity of access by different transport modes to primary and secondary health care services in Melbourne’s urban growth areas. Prior to commencing her MPhil, Rebecca completed her Master of Public Health in 2011 and a Bachelor of Nursing Science in 2005.

Jason Thompson

Dr Jason Thompson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, and an Adjunct Research Fellow at both the Monash University Accident Research Centre and Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of Sunshine Coast. His research interests are in urban, transport, organisational and health systems design, with a particular emphasis on statistical and computational modelling of policy and management interventions applied within complex, adaptive systems.

Venurs Loh

Venurs is near completion of a PhD program in Social Epidemiology at the Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University. Her research investigates the relationships between neighbourhood environment, physical activity and physical function in the context of healthy ageing, with a focus on socioeconomic inequalities. Venurs completed a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition and Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland; and also has experience working on large epidemiological research projects in the field of diabetes and obesity.

Vicki Brown

Vicki Brown is a Research Fellow at Deakin Health Economics, and a member of the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE).  Vicki recently completed her PhD with the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Obesity Policy and Food Systems, focusing on the role, impact and cost-effectiveness of transport interventions for obesity prevention.

Geoff Browne

Geoff Browne recently submitted his PhD on local government’s use of evidence in their health planning and how it organises its efforts according to a social determinants framework. He is an academic at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health and a lecturer and tutor in the Melbourne School of Design and ACU’s School of Allied Health. Prior to this Geoff worked for seven years as a senior policy analyst and professional wildfire fighter with the Victorian Environment Department and Environment Commissioner. He was a chief author of the 2008 State of the Environment report and the 2013 State Waste Policy. Geoff also has experience in local government and private practice as a sustainability consultant. It was while working for state government that Geoff became interested in the role of evidence in decision making, and the importance of community wellbeing for sustainability.

Mike Day

A co founder of robertsday, Mike has moderated design forums and led the firm’s design teams responsible for an array of urban renewal projects and new townships throughout Australia, New Zealand, UAE and Asia.
Mike is a recipient of the Russell Taylor Award for Design Excellence for Ellenbrook New Town – the most awarded contemporary urban settlement in Australia. In June 2015 Ellenbrook was awarded the 2015 World Prix d’Excellence Award by the International Real Estate Federation [FIABCI] as the world’s best master-planned community.
Consecutive WA Planning Ministers appointed Mike Deputy Chairman of the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority and Board member of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority from 2002 – 2010. Mike has also held the positions of; Chair EPRA Planning Committee, Chair SRA Planning Committee and Chair of the HIA WA Planning + Development Committee.
In 2009, the Victorian Government appointed Mike to the independent property industry panel that nominated the 900-hectare Werribee East landholdings, within the City of Wyndham, as the site for a model 21st century city for metropolitan Melbourne.
Based in Melbourne since 2005, Mike is now leading the practice’s design teams implementing new towns and urban renewal projects in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
Mike is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stefan Cvetovski

Mr Stefan Cvetkovski has extensive experience in public health, in particular mental health and analysis of alcohol and drug use related harm. He is analysing national health survey data linked to the newly developed national liveability indicators as part of The National Liveability Extension Project. Mr Cvetkovski is currently completing his PhD at the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

Margie Tannock

Margie Tannock co-leads Squire Patton Boggs’ Australian Public Policy team, which provides legal insights at the point where business, government and the law intersect. She helps clients achieve a desired regulatory or litigation outcome by engaging rule makers and rule enforcers. Our team members also work with regulators and policymakers to develop innovative approaches to enable regulatory frameworks keep pace with technological, environmental and social evolution. A key focus of the team is our autonomous vehicles initiative, which is engaging with government and industry to ensure a consistent and unified framework for the regulation of driverless vehicles in Australia.

Naomi Gilbert

Naomi Gilbert is the Healthy Active by Design Program Manager at the Heart Foundation. As an Urban Planner she works at the intersection of the built environment and health outcomes.  Her professional interests include how we can build cities and towns that are environmentally sustainable and also allow people to lead healthy and active lives. Prior to joining the Heart Foundation in 2014, Naomi worked in a range of project planning and coordination roles across the Victorian State Government.  She holds a Master of Social Science Planning and Environment RMIT.