Dr Badland researches how improving the liveability of cities through better urban design can enhance health and wellbeing and reduce inequities.
liveability, public health, social determinants of health, social inequity
Dr Badland 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.
Dr Badland 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 Dr Badland’s 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.
Dr Badland 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.
Dr Badland was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.