Belen completed her PhD at the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland in Public in 2017.
She has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in accounting, finance and economics from Argentina, Spain and Australia.
Belen’s PhD research contributed to the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Healthy, Liveable Communities. She led the CRE work program assessing the health and economic benefits of liveable and healthy places. Belen was awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship to work in Cambridge for six months where she contributed to the work program led by Dr James Woodcock. Belen has an ongoing collaboration with Cambridge and contributes to the work on transport and health simulation modelling.
At RMIT, her work program will include evaluation the health benefits of different urban typologies and investigating other externalities of urban and transport planning other than health.
She is interested in the economics of urban planning, from a health and wellbeing perspective. She is also willing to continue working closely to key stakeholders in planning and transport and to continue with her collaboration with researchers at CUR.