Associate Professor Hannah Badland

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

Hannah 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.

She 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 her 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.

She 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.

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

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Publications

Using Photovoice to Examine Physical Activity in the Urban Context and Generate Policy Recommendations: The Heart Healthy Hoods Study

Pedro Gullón , Julia Díez, Paloma Conde, Carmen Ramos, Valentín Márquez, Associate Professor Hannah Badland, Francisco Escobar, Manuel Franco

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Active Transport Critical Policy Brief

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The impact of multidimensional disadvantage over childhood on developmental outcomes in Australia

Sharon Goldfeld, Meredith O’Connor , Shiau Chong, Sarah Gray, Elodie O’Connor, Sue Woolfenden, Gerry Redmond, Katrina Williams, Fiona Mensah , Amanda Kvalsvig, Associate Professor Hannah Badland
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