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Sydney festival launch in collaboration with Sydney Ideas | Room for improvement: Cities, housing, and health

  • Lecture theatre 200, Social Sciences Building (A02) Between Parramatta Rd and Science Road The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia (map)

The World Health Organisation has recently published Housing and Health guidelines which bring together the most recent evidence to provide practical recommendations to reduce the health burden of housing. A member of the WHO Guidelines Working Group will summarise key aspects of the Guidelines. A/P Knibbs will outline the results of Australian research on the impact of housing conditions on childhood illness, while Dr Kent will describe the aspects of city design and planning that have negative impacts on health and wellbeing. There will be ample time for Q and A.



Speakers: David Jacobs, Chief Scientist, National Center for Healthy Housing, USA, and member of the WHO Working Group on Housing and Health; Luke Knibbs, Associate Professor of Environmental Health, University of Queensland; Jennifer Kent, Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Free event; registration essential 

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Refreshments served from 6pm, event start 6.30pm sharp

Dr David Jacobs is the Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing. He also serves as Director of the U.S. Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Housing Related Disease and Injury for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO WHO), an adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and as a faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His current work includes research on asthma, international healthy housing guidelines, lead poisoning prevention, and green sustainable building design. Dr. Jacobs is a Certified Industrial Hygienist® and holds degrees in political science, environmental health, technology, and science policy and a doctorate in environmental engineering. 

Associate Professor Luke Knibbs is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland. He received his BSc and PhD degrees from Macquarie University, and his Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney. He undertook 3 years' postdoctoral training at the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health from 2009-2012. Luke has a special interest in understanding the burden of disease due to anthropogenic air pollution and transmission of respiratory pathogens via bioaerosols. He has been researching indoor air quality and health for over 10 years, and recently has done research focused on understanding the respiratory disease burden of children’s exposure to common indoor hazards in Australia.  

Dr Jennifer Kent is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Jennifer was a Lecturer at Macquarie University and Research Associate at the Healthy Built Environments Program at the University of NSW. She has also worked as a town planner in NSW in both local government and as a consultant.