Location Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
App. deadline 30/11/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand residents

Testing the projected benefits of living in a 20-minute neighbourhood

Opportunities exist within Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) to undertake a PhD related to an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project. The project will assess the projected lifestyle benefits associated with the 20-minute neighbourhood. A 20-minute neighbourhood is one where everyday destinations are easily accessible. This ARC project will compare the location and type of food and physical activity behaviours undertaken by residents of existing 20-minute neighbourhoods with the type and location of behaviours undertaken by residents living outside 20-minute neighbourhoods.

One PhD scholarship is available for the most suitable candidate.

Project aim

1. Neighbourhood quality and health-related behaviours
The quality of neighbourhoods can affect people’s health-related behaviours. This project will investigate how behavioural choices are influenced by multiple aspects of the neighbourhood, including streetscapes, services, food stores, public open space or transport infrastructure. Factors to consider include the quality, costs, and opening hours of services and amenities and the aesthetics of neighbourhood characteristics.

2. Estimating bias in neighbourhood effects research
Bias associated with self-selection is assumed to impact the validity of neighbourhood effects research. This project will focus on novel statistical techniques to measure and reduce the impact of any such bias.

3. The role of social interactions on food and physical activity behaviours
Social interactions may shape the interface between an individual and their neighbourhood environment and this project will assess how these processes influence food and physical activity behaviours.

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

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