Dr Hannah Badland is a Senior Research Fellow based at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Centre of Health Equity at The University of Melbourne.
Her research focuses on examining and evaluating associations between health behaviours and outcomes and the physical urban environment at the neighbourhood-level in both children and adults. In parallel she is developing and testing theoretical frameworks to identify ecological associations with social determinants of health, wellbeing, and inequities over time. This work falls under a broader umbrella of liveability, where Hannah is developing a series of spatial built environment indicators to test these associations. Together, this work seeks to inform both methodology and policy related to developing healthy communities.
Prior to joining The University of Melbourne in 2011, Hannah was a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, UK. There she examined the impact of a 10-year neighbourhood initiative for reducing health and social inequities across England. Beforehand she was working as a Senior Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology, NZ, where she was an investigator and project manager for the New Zealand arm of the International Physical Activity and Environment Study; a 14-country study designed to establish the associations between the built environment and selected health behaviours and outcomes.