Healthy cities are places that promote a high 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 policymakers. 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.
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.
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 on housing, health, transport and other sectors.
Learn more about our research experts
Lead researchers in this area are currently focused on
- The health and wellbeing effects of multiple housing problems (Associate Professor Emma Baker)
- Highrise and apartment living (Professor Jon Kellett)
- The health and wellbeing effects of cold housing (Dr Lyrian Daniel)
- Intergenerational inequalities of housing (Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley)
- The application of Machine Learning to social data questions (Associate Professor Emma Baker)
Recent and current funded research projects
- Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions (ARC Linkage, 2019-2022, Baker)
- Cold homes in a sunburnt country (University of Adelaide Fellowship, Daniel)
- Impacts from Mild-cold Exposure in South Australian Dwellings in Winter (Daniel)
- The Australian Housing Conditions Data infrastructure (ARC Linkage Infrastructure 2016-2017, Baker)
- Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Poorly Housed Australians (ARC Future Fellowship, 2015-2019, Baker)
- Social housing exits, outcomes and future pathways: a data analysis (AHURI, 2018-2019, Baker)
- Give me the child and I’ll show you the adult: Machine Learning answers to big social problems (2018, Baker)
- Modelling Housing Need in Australia to 2025 (AHURI, 2016-2017, Baker)
- Pathways to Health and Wellbeing through Housing (ARC Discovery Project, 2012-2016, Baker)
Researchers in this cluster
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