A Healthy Cities Knowledge Platform
Healthy Cities are places that promote quality of life for the people that live in them. There are many ways to promote healthy cities, across the provision of affordable and good quality housing, accessible transport, a good planning system, addressing inequality, or improving amenity.
The Healthy Cities Research Group is a trans-disciplinary group of researchers who bring the methods and approaches of architecture, building science, social epidemiology, planning, econometrics, geography and spatial science to address urban problems by collaboration with professional practitioners and policy makers. Much of our work aims to engage with current policy debate and contribute evidence which may be implemented by governments at local, state and national levels.
- Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise
The Healthy Cities Research Group undertakes research that has the built environment as the context and location for the collection of data and diverse kinds of information about:
- Planning and urban change
- Housing affordability
- Spatial analysis of buildings and neighbourhoods; and
- Policy impact in housing, health, transport and other sectors.
Current & recent researchThe Australian Housing Conditions Data infrastructure.
Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), this project brings together a team of researchers from The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia, The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, The University of New South Wales, and Swinburne University to build and share a national housing conditions dataset.Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Poorly Housed Australians.
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Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), this Future Fellowship seeks to recast the way that housing problems are conceptualised and addressed in Australia, to present new evidence about multiple housing problems, and provide robust quantitative and qualitative evidence on how multiple housing problems affect the health and wellbeing of key cohorts of vulnerable Australians.Unaffordable Housing: Impacts on Socio-economic Conditions and Wellbeing.
Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), this Future Fellowship aims to examine how housing affordability affects wellbeing throughout life, not just at one point in time, and the flow-on effects of high housing costs on housing location, quality, security, and expenditure.Pathways to Health and Wellbeing through Housing.
An Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. This project sought to develop new methods for understanding the complex causal relationship between housing and health, and evidence of how housing can improve health and wellbeing.Modelling Housing Need in Australia to 2025.
An Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) funded project in collaboration with Curtin University and Heriot-Watt University (UK). This research delivers, for the first time in Australia, a consistent and replicable methodology for housing needs assessment that can be used to inform resource allocation and model the impact of policy decisions on housing outcomes.
Our shared goal is to overcome the disconnection between the results of empirical research, normative public health policy, and professional urban planning. If this can be achieved then more effective interventions across multiple levels of the built environment (from housing units to blocks, streets, and neighbourhoods) can be formulated, implemented and monitored systematically.
- Lawrence,RJ, Gatzweiler,FW, 2017, Wanted: a Transdisciplinary Knowledge Domain for Urban Health, Journal of Urban Health.
- Baker,E, Lester,L, 2017, Multiple housing problems: A view through the housing niche lens, Cities, 62, 146-151.
- Baker,E, Beer,A, Lester,L, Pevalin,D, Whitehead,C, Bentley,R, 2017, Is Housing a Health Insult? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 14, 6, 567.
- Daniel,L, Williamson,T, Soebarto,V, 2017, Comfort-based performance assessment methodology for low energy residential buildings in Australia, Building and Environment, 111, 169-179.
- Baker,E, Bentley,R, lester,L, Beer,A, 2016, Housing affordability and residential mobility as drivers of locational inequality, Applied Geography, 72, 65-75.
- Baker,E, Lester,L, Bentley,R, Beer,A, 2016, Poor housing quality: Prevalence and health effects, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 44, 4, 219-232.
- Bentley,RJ, Pevalin,D, Baker,E, Mason,K, Reeves,A, Beer,A, 2016, Housing affordability, tenure and mental health in Australia and the United Kingdom: a comparative panel analysis, Housing Studies, 31, 2, 208-222.
- Bentley,R, Baker,E, LaMontagne,A, King,T, Mason,K, Kavanagh,A, 2016, Does employment security modify the effect of housing affordability on mental health?, SSM - Population Health, 2, 778-783 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.09.003
- Kellett,J, 2016, Australian cities and climate change, Built Environment, 42, 1, 145-157.
- Lawrence,R, 2015, Mind the Gap: Bridging the divide between knowledge, policy and practice. In H. Barton, S. Thompson, S. Burgess & M. Grant (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being, pp. 74-84, New York & London: Routledge.
- ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
Associate Professor Emma Baker, Research Group Head ARC Future FellowProfessor Jon Kellett Professor of Planning & PropertyProfessor Roderick Lawrence Adjunct ProfessorAssociate Professor Rebecca Bentley ARC Future Fellow & Adjunct Associate ProfessorDr Laurence Lester Senior Research FellowDr Tony Lockwood Visiting Research FellowDr Lyrian Daniel Post-doctoral Fellow
- HDR Student Research Projects Meet our Higher Degree by Research students
PhD Candidate, supervised by Professor Jon Kellett & Associate Professor Emma Baker.
Kate’s thesis will explore current approaches to inner city housing and residential values, preferences and choices. The South Australia Government, in its push for urban renewal, is currently facilitating the development of a number of mixed use medium density neighbourhoods in close proximity to the city. A great deal of research goes into each project with the hope of creating new sustainable spaces that meet the needs of current and future residents. However, do we really understand what drives people’s decisions to move into these developments? Apart from demographic and economic information which is usually collected during traditional market research, do we know what residents’ underlying housing values are and how these might influence where they choose to live now and into the future? Such insights into how people think and feel about inner city urban living will prove useful in identifying the longevity of current developments. Kate intends to explore this argument further through the analysis of local (and potentially international) case studies.
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