Carl Higgs

Carl Higgs is a research officer 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.

Since mid-2016 Carl has lead the development of a policy-relevant composite indicator of urban liveability calculated for residential parcels, allowing for flexible aggregation and assessment of within-area variation.  This pilot liveability index (LI) was conceptualised using a socio-ecological framework, and a scripted workflow for calculation and database management was developed.  The generalisable approach, allowing for configuration-file driven project customisation, has since been adapted to produce a national set of indicators, applied for each state and territory capital city.  Future research will see this approach applied to the context of regional centres to inform built environment policy with regard to liveability.

Carl is also employed as a part-time research assistant in the Centre for Health Policy in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, analysing data related to workforce migration.  Previous research projects Carl has been involved in were through the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, the Centre for Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, and the Wicking Dementia Research Education Centre of the University of Tasmania.

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