Dr Badland examines how the built environment, through the social determinants of health, is connected to health, wellbeing and inequity in diverse population groups internationally. She recently led a program to conceptualise, develop and test urban liveability indicators with health and wellbeing outcomes, and measures of inequity. From this she is applying her research to a range of contexts, including low-to-middle income countries and vulnerable populations. Dr Badland has focused on research programs with end-users such as policy-makers, planners and non-government organisations.
Among her major achievements are working on two NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence covering health, liveability and disability and being an investigator in a 14-country study. She is the 2018 Inaugural Australasian Health Promotion Association Thinker in Residence.
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. Awarded a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship in 2017, Dr Badland is the Deputy Director at the Centre for Urban Research and a Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne.