Professor Billie Giles-Corti

Can Urban Design Policy Influence Health And Wellbeing?

14 March, 2017
University of Wollongong

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow. Prior to joining RMIT in 2017, she was a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit. For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing. Professor Giles-Corti currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities established in 2014; which works closely with local, national and global policy-makers and practitioners. She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar and in 2016, was awarded an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship as the top ranked female fellow in public health in 2015.

Seminar Abstract: This presentation will present results from the RESIDE study, which is a long-term natural experiment evaluating the impacts of the Western Australian Liveable Neighbourhood urban design guidelines. In this talk, Professor Giles-Corti will discuss the types of evidence with most policy impact, and reflect on the role of research partnerships and evidence to deliver healthy, liveable and more sustainable cities.

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