The research network aims to build new capacities for consequential and policy-relevant research by generating knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities, as well as connecting early and mid-career researchers to senior academic mentors and established multi-institutional research entities.

The Network also hosts webinars across a variety of topics. The webinar series is developed to provide members of the RUPH community as well as people interested in urbanisation, public health and city planning with a platform to meet, connect and engage with like-minded academics and industry representatives.

Previous Webinars

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon - Executive Director at the Public Spaces in the Place, Design and Public Spaces team at NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment explores walkability and access to quality public, green and open space for New South Wales. The digital event also showcased five researchers from the RUPH Network - Leisa Sargent, Patrick Harris, Maryam Ghodrat, Linlin Ge and Xiaoqi Feng - who shared their interests in rapid urbanisation and population health, as well as some blue-sky ideas or current project for this area.

About the Lead

Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow in the UNSW School of Population Health and an Adjunct Professor with the National Institute of Environmental Health at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NIEH/China CDC). 

Xiaoqi leads a program of research focused on enhancing population wellbeing through identifying potentially modifiable social and environmental factors (e.g. urban green space, air pollution, heat, food environment) that shape health and developmental trajectories and inequities among newborns, children, adolescents and women across the lifecourse.  

In May 2020, Xiaoqi secured $1.45 million in funding, from the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for a joint project with Professor Richard Mitchell from the Glasgow University investigating how green spaces can reduce inequalities in mental health and cardiometabolic disease prevention. The full team includes Thomas Astell-Burt (CI, UOW), Susan Thompson (CI, UNSW), Brenda Lin (CI, CSIRO, Brisbane), Bin Jalaludin (CI, UNSW), Evelyne de Leeuw (CI, UNSW), Richard Fuller (CI, UQ), Jon Olsen (CI, Glasgow), Fiona Caryl (CI, Glasgow), Jill Pell (CI, Glasgow), Timothy Dobbins (AI, UNSW), Melanie Anderson(AI, UNSW), Glen Maberly (AI, WSLHD).

Read Xiaoqi’s full academic profile, learn more about her UKRI-NHMRC project as well as her latest work on Greening our way through the pandemic, calling for safer spaces for walking and cycling and how More green, more ‘zzzzz’ on the UNSW Newsroom.