Carl Higgs is a research data scientist and PhD student in the Healthy Liveable Cities Lab of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University.
Carl Higgs is a research data scientist and PhD student in the Healthy Liveable Cities Lab of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. With a background in cultural studies, spatial epidemiology, and computational statistics, through his PhD he is developing methods to support calculation and dissemination of spatial indicators of urban liveability using open data and an open science ethos, to support planners, policy makers and researchers to better understand, monitor and shape the impacts of the built environment on health and wellbeing.
As a researcher in RMIT's Healthy Liveable Cities Lab with expertise in spatial analysis and programming, Carl is involved in the development of methods for measurement of built environment exposures for local neighbourhoods using diverse data sources to support research concerned with equitable delivery of urban policies on planning and development. He is a member of the study executive for the Global Healthy & Sustainable City-Indicator Study, and had a leading role in designing the Australian Urban Observatory and indicators produced for the Australian National Liveability Study.
- Master of Biostatistics (MBiostat), University of Melbourne / Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia
- Master of Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology/Biostatistics, University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours, Asian Studies)–Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania
Carl has been engaged as a consultant preparing liveability related data, maps and reports for local, state and federal governments and other researchers, and has more broadly been involved in applied research and teaching relating to epidemiology, biostatistics, population health and health policy since 2010, at institutions including the University of Tasmania, University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University.
- Villanueva, K.,Badland, H.,Alderton, A.,Higgs, C.,Turrell, G.,Goldfeld, S. (2023). In press - Examining the Contribution of the Neighborhood Built Environment to the Relationship Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Early Childhood Development in 205,000 Australian Children In: Academic Pediatrics, , 1 - 15
- De Gruyter, C.,Gunn, L.,Kroen, A.,Saghapour, T.,Davern, M.,Higgs, C. (2022). Exploring changes in the frequency of public transport use among residents who move to outer suburban greenfield estates In: Case Studies on Transport Policy, 10, 341 - 353
- Both, A.,Gunn, L.,Higgs, C.,Davern, M.,Jafari, A.,Boulange, C.,Giles-Corti, B. (2022). Achieving ‘Active’ 30 Minute Cities: How Feasible Is It to Reach Work within 30 Minutes Using Active Transport Modes? In: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 11, 1 - 18
- Villanueva, K.,Alderton, A.,Higgs, C.,Badland, H.,Goldfeld, S. (2022). Data to Decisions: Methods to Create Neighbourhood Built Environment Indicators Relevant for Early Childhood Development In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 1 - 18
- Chandrabose, M.,Cao, Y.,Hadgraft, N.,Higgs, C.,Shuvo, F.,Dunstan, D.,Owen, N.,Sugiyama, T. (2022). Neighbourhood walkability and dietary attributes: Effect modification by area-level socio-economic status In: Public Health Nutrition, 25, 2593 - 2600
- Cerin, E.,Higgs, C.,Boeing, G.,Giles-Corti, B., et al, . (2022). Determining thresholds for spatial urban design and transport features that support walking to create healthy and sustainable cities: findings from the IPEN Adult study In: The Lancet Global Health, 10, 895 - 906
- Boeing, G.,Higgs, C.,Giles-Corti, B.,Arundel, J., et al, . (2022). Using open data and open-source software to develop spatial indicators of urban design and transport features for achieving healthy and sustainable cities In: The Lancet Global Health, 10, 907 - 918
- Giles-Corti, B.,Vernez-Moudon, A.,Lowe, M.,Foster, S.,Kleeman, A.,Bekessy, S.,Higgs, C.,Arundel, J., et al, . (2022). What next? Expanding our view of city planning and global health, and implementing and monitoring evidence-informed policy In: The Lancet Global Health, 10, 919 - 926
- Wright, A.,De Livera, A.,Lee, K.,Higgs, C.,Nicholson, M.,Gibbs, L.,Jorm, A. (2022). A repeated cross-sectional and longitudinal study of mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria, Australia In: BMC Public Health, 22, 1 - 14
- Lowe, M.,Adlakha, D.,Sallis, J.,Higgs, C.,Arundel, J.,Giles-Corti, B., et al, . (2022). City planning policies to support health and sustainability: an international comparison of policy indicators for 25 cities In: The Lancet Global Health, 10, 882 - 894