Departments: School of Community and Regional Planning & School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Frank has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for nearly 20 years. He has lead or co-authored dozens of papers and two books on these topics: Health and Community Design, The Impacts of The Built Environment on Physical Activity and Urban Sprawl and Public Health. He and his colleagues have also been conducting detailed assessments of fuel consumption and climate change impacts of urban form policies. Over the past decade Dr. Frank has been working directly with local governments to help translate results from research into practice based tools that can provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals.
You can find Dr. Frank’s CV here.
Josh van Loon – Post Doctoral Fellow, PhD
Josh draws on diverse experiences in his research, with a multidisciplinary background in planning, engineering and policy analysis. His doctoral research assessed urban form influences on active transportation and physical activity patterns of children in Metro Vancouver, using objective measures of both built environment characteristics and physical activity. Topics of interest include: design for active transportation, use of Geographic Information Systems in transportation planning research and ethics in professional planning. Josh is currently supporting several of the lab’s core projects including the updating of the Metro Vancouver Walkability Surface, Walk The Talk and NEWPATH.
Anastasia is interested in expanding the links between urban planning and public health through exploring ways to use urban design as public health intervention or considering environmental factors that impact seemingly non-spatial health policy. She has worked on projects related to food access and equity, physical activity through active transportation, and the health impacts of planning decisions. Anastasia supports all of the lab’s ongoing projects, with a particular interest in promoting healthy urban design through knowledge translation. Anastasia holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of British Columbia and a BA Honours in Geography from McGill University.
Andrea is interested in how public health can be supported through urban planning and policy at municipal and regional levels. Specific topics of interest include: relationships between the built environment and the health of older adults, active transportation, and knowledge translation. Prior to joining the Health and Community Design Lab, she spent several years working in health research and the environmental non-profit sector. Andrea has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, where her project focused on characterizing infrastructure vulnerabilities to disaster events. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Simon Fraser University.
Leonard’s research interests include studying the link between transportation accessibility and housing affordability, urban and regional governance, sustainability, and institutional analysis. He has a Masters in Sustainability from Arizona State University, where his thesis involved using scenario analysis and participatory planning techniques to create a vision of sustainable transportation access in a Phoenix neighbourhood with the help of local residents. He also has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and worked for several years in healthcare consulting and in the environmental non-profit sector. Leonard began his PhD at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning in 2010.
Emily’s research broadly explores the association between health and place. Her specific interests include disparities in access to health-promoting urban resources and the relationship between greenspace, social interaction, and health. To advance these efforts, she employs geographic information systems (GIS) and participatory research methodologies alongside more traditional tools. Before joining the lab, Emily worked at the National Institutes of Health in a variety of research positions. She holds a Master of Public Health from Portland State University and a BA in Journalism from New York University, but firmly believes in the acquisition of knowledge through chance encounters as well as classroom instruction.
Sean is interested in how to make healthy and sustainable urban spaces desirable, affordable and profitable for the people who will build and occupy them. Before coming to UBC, he worked for the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Development department developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool that could quickly identify important characteristics of different areas in the city, allowing planners to better understand the context of the areas in which they were working. He holds a BA in sociology from the University of Alberta.
Chaerean is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Environment and Society at UBC. Prior to joining the Health and Community Design Lab, she volunteered and worked with several non-profit organizations such as World Model United Nations, Canadian Red Cross, and Cystic Fibrosis Canada. She is currently interning at British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and holds a particular interest in environment, public health, and social justice.