Professor Hannah Badland

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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Measuring, monitoring and translating urban liveability in Bangkok: Final Research Report

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Leveraging research to drive more equitable reading outcomes: an update

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Exercise facilities and the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the city of Madrid

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Disability and inequality on the social determinants of health: data, data gaps, and policy implications

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Inequities in Children’s Reading Skills: The Role of Home Reading and Preschool Attendance

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Social and environmental determinants of the health of people with disabilities

Eric Emerson, Zoe Aitken, Professor Hannah Badland, Nicola Fortune, Celia Green, Jerome N. Rachele

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