Ms Claire Boulange

Ms Claire Boulange

PhD Student

What Can Urban Planning do for Promoting Walking and Active Living in Urban Environments? A Complex System Approach

This study is part of the Place, Health and Liveability research program estabilished in partnership with public health and urban planning researchers at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Department of Health and Melbourne's North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR) Regional Management Forum (RMF).

The NWMR of Melbourne contains some of Australia's highest population growth areas, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and is faced with rapid suburban sprawl. The new estate built on NWMR of Melbourne tend to be lower-density and have poorer access to local emploment opportunities, shops and services and public transport, thereby discouraging walking, when compared with inner city housing.

As there is evidence that rates of participation in physical activity in Australia are declining, this pattern of urban growth is a major concern, as it could lead to increased rate of physical inactivity and thus trigger health problems.

This study seeks to advance the understanding of the complex relationships between the built environment and walking behaviours and aligns with the RMF priorities for enhancing health and wellbeng across the NWMR.

This PhD is supported by a Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS).

Claire holds a Bachelor in Geography from the Universite de Haute Bretagne, France and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the Institut d'Urbanisme de Grenoble, France. Claire has also completed an intensive course in Journalism at the London School of Journalism. Claire has previously completed an internship at the World Health Organisation, Centre for Health Development in Japan as well as working as a consultant with the Vietnam Green Building Council, Hanoi.


 Supervisors:

  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director of McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.
  • Professor Christopher Pettit, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, The University of NSW.
  • Dr. Hannah Badland, Research Fellow, McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Contact: claire.boulange@unimelb.edu.au