Dr Claire Boulange is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Claire’s research spans the urban planning and public health disciplines, focusing on how city planning and urban analytics can support the creation of healthy liveable urban environments. Claire holds a Master of urban planning from the Université Joseph Fourier (France) and a PhD in urban planning and population health from the University of Melbourne. In 2016, Claire was awarded the Outstanding Student Project Award by the Planning Institute of Australia (Victorian branch) for her Walkability Planning Support System: a computer based interactive tool that allow users sketch precinct plans on a digital map and instantly see the associated walkability impacts.
Claire’s current research focuses on developing advanced simulation tools and Planning Support System to inform understanding of the relationship between the built environment and population health. Skilled at using quantitative methods and conducting spatial analysis, Claire works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, policy makers and professional planners to strengthen the consideration of health in planning policy and practice.