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Built environments, health behaviour and cardiometaoblic risk: Cardiometabolic disease (cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes) and obesity are major public health challenges within Australia and globally. Individual behavioural factors such as smoking, diet and physical activity, are often targeted by interventions aiming to improve population health, yet such behavioural factors are themselves shaped by the environments within which we live. Recently there has been a push to create ‘liveable cities’ and '20-minute neighbourhoods' which aim to support quality of life, health and wellbeing. Given the burden of cardiometabolic disease in Australia and the potential to prevent, reduce and manage cardiometabolic risk by improving the liveability of Australian cities this project will build on and expand the evidence base for liveability.

If you are interested in doing a PhD with Suzanne please email: [email protected]


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Suzanne’s research interests are in improving our understanding of the multiple interrelated influences, environmental and social, that drive or constrain health behaviour and outcomes. Understanding environmental and social influences is essential to inform targeted interventions to reduce population health disparities. Her research involves use of Geographic Information Systems to characterise environments and complex statistical approaches including multilevel modelling and structural equation models to assess relationships. Suzanne also has experience in survey design, health- and fitness-related data collection including anthropometry and indirect calorimetry, and qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

Environmental and social determinants of health, health behaviour, and wellbeing; health across the lifecourse


Email: [email protected]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 17 Aug 2017


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