Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi

Belen is an RMIT Vice Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellowship evaluating the co-benefits of urban and transport planning.

Belen is a public health researcher specialising in modelling health and health-related economic impacts of city planning and transport interventions. Belen was awarded an RMIT VC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2019 and an Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017.

At RMIT, Belen co-leads the project Joining Impact models of transport with spatial measures of the Built Environment , funded by the UK Medical Research Council (UKRI) and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). JIBE brings together research linking the built environment, transport and other health behaviours to develop computer models that can better inform urban and transport planning policy and practice in Australia and the UK. Belen also led the development of the THAT-Melbourne model, building on her PhD work and Endeavour fellowship at the University of Cambridge and now leads the methodological developments for THAT-Brisbane.

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Walk or drive? New tool shows the health effects of your travel choices

21 April 2021

RMIT researchers and the Victorian Department of Transport launch a new digital tool to measure the health impacts of replacing car trips with walking and cycling trips for Melburnians.


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Bayesian multistate modelling of incomplete chronic disease burden data

Christopher Jackson, Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi, James Woodcock

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A, Statistics in Society

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Cycling behaviour in 17 countries across 6 continents: levels of cycling, who cycles, for what purpose, and how far?

Rahul Goel, Anna Goodman, Rachel Aldred, Ryota Nakamura, Lambed Tatah, Leandro Martin Totaro Gacia, Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi, et al.

Transport Reviews

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Integrating spatially detailed micro-environmental attributes to a routable transport network for active travel modelling: A pilot study in Greater Manchester

S M Labib, Irena Itova, Corin Staves, Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi, Dr Alan Both, Dr Lucy Gunn, Haneen Khreis, Ali Abbas, Aruna Sivakumar, Jenna Panter, Emerita Professor Billie Giles-Corti, James Woodcock

30th Annual Geographical Information Science Research UK

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Active transport research priorities for Australia

Ben Beck, Amelia Thorpe, Anna Timperio, Emerita Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Carmel William, Evelyne de Leeuw, Hayley Christian, Kirstan Corben, Mark Stevenson, Melissa Backhouse, Rebecca Ivers, Rema Hayek, Rob Raven, Sam Bolton, Shanthi Ameratunga, Trevor Shilton, Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi

Journal of Transport & Health

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Transport-related walking among young adults: when and why?

Behrang Assemi, Renee Zahnow, Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi, Mark Hickman, Jonathan Corcoran

BMC Public Health

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Better transport accessibility, better health: a health economic impact assessment study for Melbourne, Australia

Vicki Brown, Alison Barr, Dr Jan Scheurer, Anne Magnus, Dr Belen Zapata-Diomedi, Rebecca Bentley

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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