Having completed a Master of Public Health (epidemiology and biostatistics, 2015) and a Master of Biostatistics (2018) at the University of Melbourne, Carl has been involved in the development of methods for measurement of built environment exposures for local neighbourhoods using diverse data sources for research supporting equitable delivery of urban planning policy, in Australia and internationally.
Research highlights include:
- developing methods for calculation of a spatial Urban Liveability Index, applying these methods for calculation of spatial measures for Australia’s capital cities as reported in the 2017 Creating Liveable Cities report (winning the 2019 Planning Institute of Australia national award for Cutting Edge Research & Teaching), and the 2018 National Liveability Project which calculated liveability indicators for residential addresses across Australia’s 21 largest cities, with measures included in the Australian Government’s National Cities Performance Framework;
- the development of a framework for visualisation of the spatial distribution of urban liveability, which formed the basis of the Australian Urban Observatory, publicly launched in 2020;
- and the extension of these methods globally with the Bangkok Liveability and Global Indicators projects.
Methods and tools Carl has developed have supported calculation and dissemination of policy-relevant spatial urban indicators for cities in Australia and internationally using open data and an open science ethos. The data generated from these projects have been linked with geocoded survey participant locations to better understand how urban environments influence health and wellbeing, and empower policy makers and planners with the evidence needed to enact change.