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Karen Villanueva

Research Fellow, Healthy Liveable Cities Group, RMIT University, and Researcher, Community Child Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Dr Karen Villanueva is a postdoctoral researcher holding a joint appointment across the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Healthy Liveable Cities Group at RMIT Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Her research interests focus on how urban neighbourhoods shape child health behaviours and outcomes. She is interested in locational and socio-environmental determinants of children’s independent mobility, activity spaces (areas they roam), and early development. She is currently the Project Coordinator of the Kids in Communities Study.


  • –present
    Researcher, Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


  • 2012 
    The University of Western Australia, PhD (Public Health)