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Translating health evidence to support healthy planning strategies for higher density living

This project is about creating sustainable urban futures and enhancing population health.  It addresses contemporary and complex challenges to population health in a rapidly growing urbanised world, facing climate change and environmental degradation – all of which have serious consequences for human health.  With its strong focus on translating evidence for policy and development, the principal aim of the research is to understand how health evidence can be better applied in planning for healthier, sustainable, higher density living to support the health and wellbeing of present and future generations.  The outcome will be to advance knowledge of ways to plan higher density developments for positive outcomes for future population health.


The research is collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the strengths of academic researchers, professionals and community organisations across disciplinary boundaries. The research team comes from built environment, public health, healthy planning and planetary health across three institutions – UTS, the University of Sydney and UNSW.  CIs: A/Prof Jason Prior (UTS), A/Prof Leena Thomas (UTS), Dr Erica McIntyre (UTS), Professor Jon Adams (UTS); Dr Jennifer Kent (USyd), Professor Tony Capon (USyd), Professor Chris Rissel (USyd); Professor Susan Thompson (UNSW).  Research Fellows: Dr Irena Connon (UTS), Dr Harriet Westcott (USyd); Research Assistant: Dr Gregory Paine (UNSW)


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University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney

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