Creating healthy, liveable and sustainable cities is a major challenge in the face of population growth, social inequalities, traffic congestion, peak oil and increases in non-communicable diseases. Planning and delivering better cities is a local, national and global priority.
Healthy and liveable communities provide the basis for social equity, harmony, economic resilience and environmental and social sustainability. Our work contributes to academic scholarship and aims to inform policies and practices to create healthy liveable communities.
Bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, this program examines the influence of city design and planning on health and wellbeing.
The research is developed in partnership with stakeholders to inform best practice policy and planning through the creation of evidence-based liveability indicators.
The team draws from experience in epidemiology, behavioural science, geography, geomatics, psychology and public health. They use a variety of quantitative and qualitative analyses including geospatial analyses, policy analysis and economic evaluation.
Our priority areas are to:
We have a strong focus on research translation and engagement, collaborating with communities, government, non-government organisations and the private sector in health, planning, housing and transport.
We are home to the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities; and are members of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (NHMRC funded and undertaking a National Liveability study); and the Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme (undertaking a Policy-Relevant Urban Liveability Indicators Study).
Our director is Billie Giles-Corti, a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform.