Research and data influencing walking for transport and urban design

Wednesday, 20 July 2022
Online, 12:30 – 2:00 pm AEST
Registrations are open for our next webinar on Research and Data Influencing Walking for Transport and Urban Design, hosted by Engineers Australia.

This webinar will present research data on walking and walkability and will include evidence on its many social, economic and health benefits. The session will outline how to improve neighbourhoods through policy, planning, design and infrastructure and will provide evidence supporting more walking and ways that engineers and designers can provide appropriate places.

Speakers are:

Dr Lucy Gunn, RMIT

Dr Gunn has 20 years of experience in research and teaching in the fields of econometrics and urban research. Her key interest is in understanding which urban environments are supportive of health and wellbeing outcomes. Her research provides an evidence base to policy makers and planners on what constitutes good urban design and provides feedback on the implementation of current and previous urban plans and their impact on the health of residents. Her work and that of the Healthy, Liveable Cities Lab at RMIT University was recently awarded a 2021 Planning Institute of Australia Award for Excellence in Planning in the Research and Teaching category.

Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks

Ben Rossiter is the founding Executive Officer and has led a small but enterprising team of staff to see the organisation become the primary Australian organisation leading the move for walkable communities. He is the Vice President of the International Federation of Pedestrians and his expertise is widely sought in Australia and beyond. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities and he takes great pleasure in the simple joy of walking and exploring new places on foot.

Duane Burtt, Victoria Walks

Duane leads Victoria Walks’ research and associated policy and communications. He is an experienced planner and policy officer with a 20 year career in a wide variety of policy and planning roles at all levels of government and with non-government organisations. He has particular expertise in pedestrian-oriented design, multi-modal transport planning, transport and land use integration.

There will be opportunities for questions and answers at the end of the session.


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