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Health-supportive built environments for the 21st century

  • Seminar room 203, RD Watt Building Science Road The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia (map)

Today’s population is facing an epidemic of chronic diseases primarily associated with our modern lifestyles. Contemporary environments encourage sedentary behaviours which are the foundation for our current health crisis. How can this be changed with health-supportive living for both people and the planet? This talk focuses on designing, planning and managing cities that support physically active, socially connected communities and better access to fresh and nutritious foods.


Speaker: Susan Thompson, Professor of Planning and Head, City Wellbeing Program, CFRC, UNSW

Professor Susan Thompson is Professor of Planning in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW. She leads the City Wellbeing Program in the City Futures Research Centre. One of the first planners in Australia to advocate for the importance of healthy planning, Susan has made significant contributions to the field’s research evidence base, educational curriculum and body of scholarship from an urban planning perspective. Her healthy built environments quarterly column in the Planning Institute of Australia’s ‘New Planner’, now into its 10th year, has been an important conduit for research translation for practitioners. Susan’s longstanding contribution to urban planning was recognised in 2012 when she was elected Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2015, with the awarding of the prestigious Sidney Luker Memorial Medal. Susan is one of only three women to receive the award since its inception in 1956. In 2017 she was awarded the Australian Urban Research Medal.

Free event; registration essential

Refreshments provided