Ms Maureen Murphy

Ms Maureen Murphy

PhD Student

Conceptualising, developing and validating local food environment indicators for a healthy, liveable and equitable city.

An ecological view of health points to upstream neighbourhood-level attributes as being appropriate for intervention to improve dietary behaviour and health outcomes and reduce health inequities. Urban and health planners and policy makers are increasingly recognizing the importance of using upstream policy levers and built environment interventions to create healthierlocal food environments.

This research aims to conceptualise, develop and validate local food environment indicators for a healthy, liveable and equitable city. A policy and practice-relevant set of indicators lends itself to a standardized approach for spatially measuring and monitoring the local food environment, and could assist in identifying modifiable intervention points to improve health and reduce health inequities in urban neighbourhoods. The research uses a mixed methods design combining quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The importance of this work lies in its potential for developing and validating local food spatial indicators for a healthy, liveable and equitable city that can be brought forward and articulated in urban and health planning.

Maureen has a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism and a Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services) from RMIT University.

Supervisors:

  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director of McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.
  • Dr. Javad Koohsari  Research Fellow, McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.
  • Dr. Hannah Badland, Senior Research Fellow, McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Contact: maureenm1@student.unimelb.edu.au