Eric Fox



Eric H. Fox
MScP | Research Associate




Eric Fox has served as a Research Consultant with the Health & Community Design Lab (HCD Lab) since late 2014. His primary role has been to provide geospatial analysis support for variable development, spatial problem solving and best practices for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods for HCD Lab and graduate research projects. In addition he helps coordinate the internal sharing and delivery of GIS databases and assists with upgrades and content expansion of the HCD Lab website. Eric is also a GIS Specialist at Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. (UD4H), a position held since 2010. His key responsibilities include spatial data analysis, geodatabase development, network analysis, cartography, spatial statistics and supplementary GIS support as a principal member of the data analysis team. Eric previously worked as a Mobile Mapping Operator at Tele Atlas in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories as well as a Remote Sensing Analyst for the Nature Foundation of Bolivia in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He holds a master’s degree in Planning from the University of British Columbia with a focus in Transportation and Land Use Planning as well as an honours bachelor’s degree in Geography with a concentration in Spatial Information Science from Simon Fraser University.

Eric’s research focus has been evaluating the impact of the workplace neighbourhood built environment on physical activity, body mass index (BMI) and sedentary time spent in vehicles. Drawing on data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Neighborhood Quality of Life Study (NQLS Prime), he developed objectively-measured urban form measures around the places of employment of 1,078 participants in the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Seattle and compared them to participant health outcomes. In addition to built environment measures created at standard network walk distances from worksite origins, Eric also constructed transit-based catchment areas utilizing General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data to assess built environment exposure for short transit and active transportation trips near workplaces. The results of the study indicated that the walkability index within a 15 minute transit travel time around employment locations was found to be positively associated (p < 0.05; OR = 1.148) with moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) whereby a 3.5 unit rise in walkability increased the likelihood by 50% of achieving the recommended daily ≥ 30 minutes of MVPA while controlling for home walkability (NR2 = 0.263).

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MScP (2015) Planning – The University of British Columbia
BA (2010) Geography – Simon Fraser University

Lab Role
Eric’s role on the Health Monetization project has been to provide consultation on GIS methods for developing built environment variables especially pertaining to regional accessibility, sidewalk coverage and delineating participant walk catchment areas.

Eric performed the primary data acquisition of built environment features using the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS) survey instrument as part of the post-completion assessment for Comox-Helmcken Greenway Corridor Study in Downtown Vancouver.

Lab Projects